3. Donate to say thank you
As a result of the current pandemic, many cast members have unfortunately found themselves out of work. While these cast members are are no longer making magic for guests, they did – and they created the vacation memories that we will all cherish for a lifetime. They need more than our thanks right now, they need our donations.
Where do you donate? How can you contribute?
Emily Lartigue, a furloughed Walt Disney World cast member created the Cast Member Pantry to help her fellow cast members after they were laid off or furloughed from Walt Disney World. This fantastic service allows cast members to pick up some much needed essentials.
From the Facebook page:
“Cast Member Pantry makes it quick and easy to receive free food essentials once a month per Cast Member. You’ll receive a reusable grocery bag filled with foods that are easily put together to make meals for 4, with breakfast and snack options as well. We take pride in putting food we all enjoy in our bags because we believe our Cast deserve the very best, and a little comfort too.”
Cast members who are in need should email firstname.lastname@example.org and fill out the survey in the automatic reply. Once the survey is done the cast member will receive an email with a day and time for pickup.
To donate to the Cast Member Pantry:
Venmo account for monetary gifting is @castmemberpantry.
They have an Amazon Wish List with gift cards that make it easier for those of us without a Venmo account. Send your donation via the wish list here.
You can also donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
To help the cast members in California, you can donate to the Second Harvest Food Band of Orange County.
Kids Save The World
Furloughed Disney performers/creators Julie Frost and Mike Dombrow are launching an empowering musical adventure podcast for kids, “The Super Secret Hive.” Featuring six full-length episodes, 14 original songs, and (free!) online activities galore, Julie and Mike are excited to share this one-of-a-kind series with kids, parents, and educators worldwide. The duo aims to engage, entertain and inspire kids while also providing parents and educators with much-needed content during this challenging time of distance learning. Check out their website here
Cast Member Toy Box
Cast Member Toy Box was created by long time Disney Cast Members who have been furloughed since March and were recently informed that they would soon be separated from the company. Together, Laura Bartlett and Erin Blackketter created this nonprofit holiday toy drive that benefits the children of furloughed and laid-off Disney Cast Members.
“It was extremely important for us to start something that we could rally the community together and sprinkle some pixie dust around to help create our own magic for our cast member family who have gone above and beyond for so many guest in the past. Our goal is to help alleviate some of the financial strains that our cast family are enduring during this difficult and different holiday season. We are blown away by the kindness and generosity of the people in our community in such a short amount of time.”
For those who would like to help:
Shop their Amazon Wishlist here
Donate via Venmo – Venmo Username: @castmembertoybox
Donate via PayPal: www.paypal.me/CastMemberToyBox
The Cast Member Toy Box are currently working on helping over 500 children have toys for the holidays, donations are imperative to continue that mission. For those wanting to participate they have opened an additional December Waitlist pick up pending donations! If you are an affected cast member and would like to be placed on our December waitlist please fill out this form to request a pick up.
Fellow Disney Fan Josh Gad got in on the donations too!