Disney Is Donating Excess Food From Their Park Closures to Help Local Communities | 22 Words

Amid Coronavirus fears, Disney has decided to close its California parks, Disney's California Adventure and Disneyland, beginning March 14th through the end of the month. Due to the rapid spread of the disease across the world, health officials have warned citizens not to gather in large groups where infection is likely, and as we all know, nothing draws crowds quite like Disneyland.

However, every cloud has a silver lining, as they plan on donating excess food to local communities in need.

Read on to hear more about what else Disney plans on doing...

The coronavirus is forcing business giants to shut.

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Originating from the Chinese city of Wuhan, a deadly virus known as the coronavirus has been rapidly spreading across the globe.

So far, the symptoms have proven to be deadly so these precautions are necessary.

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Coronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and death.

A lot of people have now died from the virus...

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It has been confirmed by Worldometer that over 9000 people have now died globally, with the majority being in mainland China. A further 230,558 have been found to carry the virus and be infected.

Things are only getting worse...

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And nearly every major country in the world has now been affected by the virus.

The United Nations even declared a global emergency...

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The World Health Organization declared an emergency last month and called on all countries to take urgent measures to contain the respiratory disease.

And everyone has been asking the same thing...

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What is it that's causing this deadly virus?

There are many theories...

But it is widely believed that the sale of meat from wild animals is the prime cause of the coronavirus.

Bats are believed to be one of the main culprits...

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Strains of the virus have been discovered in bats in the past and, with them being a delicacy in some areas of China, they are believed to be one of the primary causes.

It's safe to say that researchers are now getting desperate...

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And there is an immense amount of pressure on authorities to find a cure, and fast.

Because the virus continues to spread across the globe like wildfire...

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And it's showing no signs of slowing down.

As stated earlier, the coronavirus has infected numerous different countries now...

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And the United States is now one of them.

The number of cases here in America is rising...

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So far over 10,000 people have been confirmed to have been infected with the virus, and 161 have reportedly died.

And the disease is only expected to continue spreading...

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said a few weeks ago that it expects the coronavirus to spread in the United States and has asked Americans to prepare for when the virus hits, not if, CNN reported.

Preparations are underway...

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And hospitals across the country are bracing themselves for an influx of infected patients.

People all around the world have descended into mass hysteria.

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It's a dire situation.

And many are going to extreme lengths to protect themselves.

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People have been spotted donning face masks and various other items of clothing and materials in airports in a desperate bid to avoid the virus.

And, despite all of this...

Our President thought things would be "under control" but after declaring a National Emergency, it seems as though this is not the case any more.

Many people have been calling out the President for his blaze attitude regarding the pandemic...

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And have been urging for him to take the crisis "more seriously".

Businesses have been forced to shut.

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Due to the wellbeing of customers and audiences, global business have been forced to close their doors in order to prevent the further spread of the disease.

Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure are now closed.

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This is only the 4th time ever in the history of Disneyland that the park has shut down. The other 3 times? Just after the September 11th terrorist attacks, the day after JFK's tragic assassination and following the 6.7 magnitude Northridge earthquake.

The Walt Disney Company released the following statement:

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“While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Disneyland Resort, after carefully reviewing the guidelines of the Governor of California’s executive order and in the best interest of our guests and employees, we are proceeding with the closure of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, beginning the morning of March 14 through the end of the month."

It continued:

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"The Hotels of Disneyland Resort will remain open until Monday, March 16 to give guests the ability to make necessary travel arrangements; Downtown Disney will remain open. We will monitor the ongoing situation and follow the advice and guidance of federal and state officials and health agencies. Disney will continue to pay cast members during this time."

Since shutting their doors, they have decided it would be best to use their facilities wisely.

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They are spreading the message of hope by donating excess food and drinks to local communities in need.

They are doing this through local Second Harvest Food Banks.

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Cast members and employees that work at Disney have all taken it upon themselves to get stuck in and help spread some light in these dark times. And don't worry, they're following and maintaining set health and safety guidelines!

We really need these acts of kindness during this pandemic.

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Other parts of the entertainment industry have also been badly affected by COVID-19. Keep scrolling to see a full list of films and TV shows that have called it quits for now...