It’s almost Thanksgiving and Disney World Cast Members are giving back.
For almost 25 years, Cast Members have supported the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida by providing Thanksgiving meals to hundreds of residents, and we were invited to see their process and learn more about giving back to the community!
We visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios to speak with Executive Chef Bill Brown about providing Thanksgiving meals to the homeless community of Orlando, Florida. He said, “Our community really is in need and especially at the time of the holidays it’s important that we give back.”
Chef Bill took us backstage at Hollywood & Vine, where his culinary team was prepping turkey. He explained that the team provides full traditional Thanksgiving meals to the Coalition, including freshly made stuffing, housemade whipped potatoes, cranberry sauce made from scratch, giblet gravy, traditional green beans, pumpkin pies, and pecan pies. As Chef Bill put it, “All of our team has helped pull together.”
Dishes are prepped and placed in aluminum containers for easy transportation to the Coalition.
On Thursday evening, Cast Member volunteers (whom Disney calls VoluntEARS) will serve these home-cooked Thanksgiving meals to residents at the Coalition. Disney World Director of External Affairs, Tajiana Ancora-Brown, explained that this was one of the first volunteer events she was able to attend as a new Cast Member. She said, “The opportunity to be there in person and see firsthand what that meant to the residents right here in Central Florida will always stay with me.”
Allison Krall, CEO of Colation for the Homeless of Central Florida, explained that they are “the largest homeless services provider [and the] largest shelter in Central Florida,” and “our goal is to get people out of shelter and into housing as quickly as possible.” The Coalition helped over 1,900 people find housing last fiscal year.
You can support the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida by donating or volunteering yourself! Click here to learn more.
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