Thanos isn’t the only reason for the Avengers to assemble, and this week the Marvel squad came together to help children’s hospitals across the country. The Avengers helped Disney, The LEGO Group, Hasbro, Funko and Amazon donate more than $5M in cash and toys, including $1M in cash from Disney, to the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
The Marvel stars have been busy promoting “Avengers: Endgame” before the movie hits theaters in April, but took the time to visit Disneyland Resort to launch Avengers Universe Unites. That charity event supports The Walt Disney Company’s philanthropic commitment, Disney Team of Heroes, which delivers comfort and inspiration to seriously ill children around the world.
Disney has been one of the leading studios offering money, toys, and even films to children’s hospitals over the years. The stars of Disney films frequently visit children in hospitals all around the world, and Disney has been working on an exclusive digital screening service that allows new-releases from Disney to be screened in children’s hospitals. Not just a digital service, this is Disney-grade screenings of new-releases. The service was put in place so that sick children who are unable to leave the hospital won’t miss out on their Marvel, Star Wars, and PIXAR favorites on the big screen.
Paul Rudd, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Bob Iger, Brie Larson, Chris Hemsworth, and Jeremy Renner attended the event at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim. The toys will be sent to hundreds of children’s hospitals throughout the country, as well as Give Kids the World, a nonprofit resort in central Florida.
“The superheroes in Avengers personify traits like courage, perseverance, bravery and hope – the same traits countless kids and their families in children’s hospitals exhibit every day,” said Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, who joined the kickoff celebration. “We are grateful to have the Avengers cast take time out of their day to be a part of this effort to lift spirits and bring comfort to children during a difficult time.”
The Avengers stars joined kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Anaheim and Garden Grove to play at a larger-than-life LEGO build at The LEGO Store in Downtown Disney. The tiny helpers were treated to a visit by Amazon’s Treasure Truck stocked with Avengers: Endgame toys., including Hasbro action figures, Iron Man MK50 robots by UBTECH and Funko POP! vinyl figures.
“Nobody understands magical experiences better than Disney, and we’ve been proud to partner with them in bringing those experiences to kids in children’s hospitals for more than 20 years,” says Adam Garone, CEO, Starlight Children’s Foundation. “From delivering hospital care packages, to storytelling through Starlight Xperience virtual reality, to our recent Disney-themed Starlight Gowns, millions of seriously ill children have benefited from our amazing relationship together. And with this donation, even more kids will get to experience the magic of Disney.”
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