Since 1991, Disneyland Paris has brought magic to more than 40,000 hospitalised children thanks to the Disney VoluntEARS
With the holidays around the corner, the Disney VoluntEARS of Disneyland Paris – employees who regularly volunteer their time and expertise for leading charity actions – visited Trousseau Hospital, one of the resort’s partner hospitals, for a magical day of fun.
In 2020, Disneyland Paris will host an exceptional event to welcome children from the Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris – Hôpitaux de France to celebrate the Pièces Jaunes fundraising operation. This event will highlight the commitment of Disneyland Paris and its Disney VoluntEARS to hospitalised children.
Today, the Disney VoluntEARS from Disneyland Paris brought holiday magic to children at Trousseau Hospital, one of the more than 400 hospitals the resort has collaborated with since 1991 to bring joy to children and families in need.
The children at Trousseau Hospital in Paris had a wonderful surprise when Disney characters came to celebrate the holidays with them. Mickey, Minnie and Goofy all visited in their Christmas outfits, while the children got to play games and participate in fun workshops led by Disney VoluntEARS. The team of magic makers also brought gifts donated by fellow Cast Members and Disneyland Paris. In total, 1,500 gifts were distributed to hospitalised children throughout France during the month of December thanks to efforts from the Disney VoluntEARS.
Since 1991, Disneyland Paris has worked with hundreds of hospitals across France to impact more than 40,000 hospitalised children, providing comfort and inspiration for them and their families.
In addition to visiting hospitals throughout the year, the Disney VoluntEARS also welcome children with their families to Disneyland Paris throughout the year for special experiences filled with memorable moments, and in January the resort will host children from the Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris – Hôpitaux de France to celebrate the 2020 Pièces Jaunes operation.
To make these initiatives possible, Disneyland Paris relies on its best representatives: Disney VoluntEARS. Every year, more than 1,000 employees join the programme to participate in volunteer actions by bringing their talents, expertise, enthusiasm and their spare time.
“This programme enables our Cast Members to come together outside of their work duties to bring the same feelings of wonder and enchantment experienced by everyday guests to the less fortunate. At Disneyland Paris, any one of our 17,000 Cast Members, whatever his or her post, can become a Disney VoluntEAR. We take great pride in this programme and how our Disney VoluntEARS succeed in giving back to the community,” said Richard Eltvedt, Director of Government Affairs at Disneyland Paris.
Bringing Magic to Hospitals and Non-Profits Across France
Disneyland Paris works with hospitals and non-profits to share the magic of its resort with as many of those in need as it can. In 2018, the company supported more than 1,500 community outreach actions with more than 100 European non-profits, including onsite daytime events at the resort, wishes granted to children and Disney VoluntEARS visits to medical centres. Other volunteer actions include nature excursions and activities with children to help preserve the environment and promote awareness of biodiversity among future generations.
Save The Date: Pièces Jaunes 2020 at Disneyland Paris
Disney VoluntEARS will also play a critical part in the resort’s support of the 2020 Pièces Jaunes operation, led by the Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris-Hôpitaux de France. In addition to joint appearances in hospitals, Disney VoluntEARS will welcome the Foundation and hundreds of children from French hospitals for a day of celebration at Disneyland Paris on 29 January 2019.