Disneyland Resort Gives Back During the Twelve Days of Christmas

Heather Hust Rivera

by , Vice President, Consumer Products

Goofy Hats Donated to Boys & Girls Clubs
The Disneyland Resort and its cast members have a legacy of giving, started by Walt Disney himself, and the giving efforts kick into high gear during the 12 days of Christmas. Here’s a look at what we’ve been up to:

  • On the first day of Christmas…1,000 individuals receive necessities through the annual Adopt-A-Family program in partnership with MOMS Orange County.
  • On the second day…2,000 military care packages and postcards are sent to military personnel around the world through Operation Uplift.
  • On the third day…30 children at CHOC Children’s Hospital attended a holiday party hosted by Disney and gift bags were provided to another 150 hospitalized children.
  • On the fourth day…4 food packing events at the Orange County Food Bank, including one on National Family Volunteer Day, provided more than 150,000 meals to individuals in need.
  • On the fifth day…$5,000 worth of Disney merchandise was donated by the Resort to support the Adopt-A-Family program.
  • On the sixth day…$6,000 was donated to the Irvine Animal Care Center, and during the Center’s holiday pet adoption event, Disney VoluntEARS helped 241 animals find a home.
  • On the seventh day…700 holiday Goofy hats were donated to five local nonprofit organizations including Boys & Girls Clubs and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
  • On the eighth day…800 gifts were wrapped by Disney VoluntEARS during the annual holiday gift wrap event, raising funds to send military care packages.
  • On the ninth day…90+ Disneyland Resort Cast Members volunteered to host holiday parties at local nonprofit organizations, including Walnut Manor and the Blind Children’s Learning Center.
  • On the tenth day…10,000 toys were collected for the Toys for Tots Foundation through the Resort’s annual toy drive – a tradition that was started by Walt Disney 62 years ago.
  • On the eleventh day…11 food drop-off locations throughout the Resort resulted in a food drive that collected 2,100 pounds of food for families in need.
  • On the twelfth day of Christmas…more than $12 million in cash and in-kind goods will have been donated by the Disneyland Resort and its Cast Members in 2009.


  • Well Done Disney,Well done

  • Love you guys, but the 12 days of Christmas start on Christmas and go through January 6th, the Epithany,….please would some one get it right.

  • Disneyland at Christmas is the most magical place. This post goes to show WHY … Disney CARES!!! I started crying when I read this.


  • *This* is what Christmas is all about. Well done, Disney!

  • Now that’s the best version of the twelve days of Christmas I’ve ever heard (although I’m having a little trouble figuring out how to sing along – I guess my donations to Santa’s Anonymous fundraisers count….)

  • Heather, this is *such* a great post! Thank you so much for sharing. It’s always good to know that companies like Disney continue to do their part to help those in need.

    I’m currently working on the “Give A Day. Get A Disney Day” initiative, and it’s probably one of the coolest experiences to be able to work with Disney. I’m trying to make this HUGE in our nation’s capital!

    Thank you.

    Yours in service,
    Stephen A. 🙂

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