How Celebs Are Being Good Samaritans in the Time of Corona
By Allyson Vannatta, Staff Writer
In the mist of the Coronavirus craziness, celebrities and entertainment companies are doing their part to help spread good.
Both Walt Disney World and Disneyland announced they would be shutting down until March 31, leaving the parks with tons of extra food that would go to waste.
Instead of simply throwing it away, Disney World said they’ve decided to donate it to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
A press release from Disney World details why they chose this specific food bank.
“Launched in 1991, Disney Harvest collects excess and unserved food from locations throughout Walt Disney World, delivering it to feeding programs across Central Florida. The Disney Harvest Program at Walt Disney World Resort collects and distributes more than 823,000 pounds of prepared, unserved food annually. In the last year alone, these donations provided one million meals to people in need.”
Disneyland, in Anaheim, California, made the same decision.
“We anticipate an ever-increasing need for food among low-income families, seniors on fixed incomes, and individuals as businesses and schools close.”
According to CNN, the donation includes an “excess inventory of dairy, fruit, vegetables, packaged goods and banquet meals.”
Disney isn’t the only company spreading love during this time.
Actress Blake Lively and husband Ryan Reynolds pledged $1 million to charitable foodbank organizations in the United States and Canada, Reynolds’ native country.
Reynolds announced the couple’s decision on Twitter Monday.
I think we can all agree, Covid-19 is an asshole. If you can help, visit, https://t.co/gDZHbYYurJ and/or https://t.co/2fserjQQQs pic.twitter.com/4rb4WpoDKo
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 16, 2020
Lively posted shared their decision on her Instagram as well.
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In times like these, uniting and helping one another is so important and a common theme in scripture.
Recall Jesus feeding the 5,000 in Mark 6 or how the author of Hebrews urges readers to “not neglect in doing good.”
The word of God stresses the need to see those who might otherwise go unseen and care for those who can’t care for themselves.
For these reasons, Movieguide® applauds these acts of kindness and encourages you to approach this hectic season in the world with the fruits of the spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) and a sense of service to others.
Thought question: How are you and your loved ones getting creative during this chaotic time?
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