Over the span of the pandemic, Disney donated more than 1 million cloth face masks to MedShare, a humanitarian aid organization, for distribution to children and families in underserved and vulnerable communities across the U.S., including California and Florida.
Distributed by MedShare to more than 150 schools, safety-net clinics and communities in 20 states, the cloth face masks featured a wide range of fan favorite characters, including Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, Anna and Elsa, Woody and Buzz Lightyear, The Avengers, and Star Wars characters.
In addition to the face masks, Disney also donated $1 million and 216,400 rain ponchos to MedShare during the pandemic. The idea was inspired by nurses across the country in early 2020 who inventively found that rain ponchos can be an excellent way to protect their clothing and prolong the use of PPE, while also freeing up gowns when needed.
“Disney’s donations made a tremendous impact in the communities we serve,” said Charles Redding, CEO and president of MedShare. “Their contribution of one million Disney cloth face masks were provided to families in underserved communities and organizations, while their monetary donation supported the medical community’s ongoing efforts to provide lifesaving care to those who need it most.”