During the months of January and February, The Walt Disney Company provides more than 300 children’s hospitals nationwide with party packages to brighten the gray skies. Included in the Care Packages are: Disney toys, books, games, videos/DVD’s, computer games, television sets and party supplies. We distribute the packages, with the assistance of Starlight Children’s Foundation® and DHL shipping company on a yearly basis.
VoluntEARS in more than 80 cities from Disney affiliates, including Radio Disney, Disney Consumer Products, and ABC Television Network affiliates and owned stations, as well as Disney on Ice, which is a presentation of Feld Entertainment, accompany Disney characters to children’s hospitals to deliver the packages and/or host parties and events for the young patients. Our characters, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Cinderella, Belle, and Ariel, also attend parties in more than 25 cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, Seattle, Miami, Orlando and Anaheim.
“Now that the fun and festivity of the holiday season has passed, it can be especially difficult for a child to be hospitalized,” shares Katherine Culpepper, executive director of Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Each Care Package contains more than 100 videos/DVD’s, stuffed Mickey Mouse dolls, interactive computer games, board games, magazines, Mickey Mouse television sets and clocks and 100 books per hospital, totaling more than $5 million worth of merchandise.