Betsy Bourne, who works at Disney World, and her husband Conner started a GoFundMe to raise money for the Cast Member Pantry, a food pantry started in March by Emily Lartigue as a way to help fellow colleagues who had been furloughed.
In the aftermath of Disney’s layoff announcement, the demand for the pantry has grown exponentially.
The GoFundMe page reads as follows;
As many of you know, tens of thousands of Cast Members at the Walt Disney World Resort have been laid off and many have been furloughed without pay since April. My wife and I felt called to practically help our friends, colleagues, and neighbors as we were impacted by the furloughs and know first-hand how much a helping hand means in this time of isolation. We can do more and be more when we are connected as a community.
We decided that this calling could be realized by raising money to give to the Cast Member Pantry.
The Cast Member Pantry has served thousands of Disney Cast & families with healthy and plentiful meal packs. However, with the announcement of the layoffs, the demand for their services has exponentially increased.
After speaking with key members of the Pantry, they shared that the best way to support them is with monetary donations to cover bulk food ordering, facility rental, and logistical needs (packaging for families, safety equipment, etc.)
This fundraiser will be a direct donation to the Cast MemberPantry for them to invest and spend as needed to further their reach and impact.
We will be hosting this fundraiser through the end of the month (October 31), so please give if you feel compelled.
Regardless of the amount that you give, our hope is that we are all blown away by the reach that we are able to accomplish just by giving. Even $1 has an amazing impact.
If times are too tight and there isn’t anything to spare, we would appreciate it if you would consider sharing this page on your social media and writing about what is involved in the Walt Disney World community has meant to you.
If you feel led, please share a great memory that you have had at Disney, whether as a Guest or Cast Member.
Finally, if you are in need of community or are feeling lonely, we would be honored if you would check out our church home, Mosaic At Walt Disney World.
Thank you for your consideration, and “Just Keep Swimming.”
Conner and Betsy
The money raised will go directly to the Cast Member Pantry and will cover the cost of food, the storage unit where the pantry is located, and other expenses.
So far, they have raised $7,210 for the pantry.
As for the Cast Member Pantry, it regularly provides updates on its Facebook page. To receive groceries, Disney World workers should email [email protected] and fill out the form sent in the automatic reply.