Disney To Give $2.5M For Earthquake Relief In Japan

BURBANK (CBS) — The Walt Disney Co. says they will give $2.5 million to the American Red Cross to support earthquake relief efforts in Japan.

“Our hearts go out to the people of Japan,” Disney President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger said. “We send our continued thoughts of support and encouragement as this great nation begins the long road to recovery.”

Burbank-based Disney, which operates a theme park in Tokyo, also said it would match dollar-for-dollar all relief funds raised by Disney employees up to $1 million. Proceeds will go to the Red Cross, the Pacific Tsunami Fund and Save the Children.

Gail McGovern, the head of the American Red Cross, said the donation would help “provide critical assistance and essential relief items in this time of urgent need.”

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  • Karen

    Thank you Disney. So, when are the other celebrities going to contribute?

  • Bob

    How honorable! The ONLY reason why Disney can afford to give this money to Japan is because they pay their employees minimum wage and REFUSE to give them a decent pay raise! Ten cents ever five or so years for a pay raise in an insult!

    If Disney would allow their employees to work full time at a LIVING WAGE with full health benifits they wouldnt be able to affird to be so generous with others! The ONLY reason why they have the money to d this is because the fake their employees, whom they call “family” suffer!

  • Ed Rooney

    Yes, but they are donating the money in “Disney dollars” which have to be spent at any one of their parks.

    • Bob

      not only that, but “disney dollars” are taxed with REAL money! What a bunch of cronnies!

  • Sierra

    Shut up, Bob. How much money have you contributed?

    A good thing is a good thing. Obviously there’s some nice PR behind this move, but it doesn’t negate the good it will do.

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