Through its second-annual First Book Family Festival this past week, Walt Disney World Resort has given 40,000 books to Central Florida teachers, children and families.
During this no-cost shopping experience, educators got to choose up to 50 books and kids and families were able to pick up to five books per child. The books, donated by Disney Worldwide Publishing, included both classic and modern Disney stories for readers of a variety of ages.
“The magic of storytelling and the power of imagination can be seen in every corner of Walt Disney World Resort,” said Tajiana Ancora-Brown, director of external affairs. “Extending that magic and power beyond our resort and into the homes of our neighbors helps to cultivate a love of learning, reading and growing together.
Over 100 Disney VoluntEARS spent hours organizing and sorting the thousands of donated books by age and genre. VoluntEARS also helped attendees to find books that perfectly fit their needs.
This entire experience was made possible through Disney’s partnership with First Book, a non-profit organization that provides new books to teachers and organizations that help children from low-income families.
“Much like Walt Disney World Resort, reading has the power to transport children and families into other worlds, letting them explore all their imaginations have to offer,” said Kyle Zimmer, president, CEO and co-founder of First Book. “There’s no better way for us to showcase the magic of reading than by partnering with Disney to host events like today.”
Thanks to Disney and First Book, more than 67 million Disney-themed books have been donated to children in need.
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