Olaf is sounding the alarm to help thousands of people in need. Well, the voice of Olaf, actor Josh Gad, who posted on social media about donating to the thousands of Disney employees who have been laid off as the company continues to struggle with its theme park business amidst this terrible, horrible, no good, very bad pandemic.
Today I am donating to the thousands of Disney employees who have been laid off during these impossible times. If you can, please join me. They have provided us with untold joy. Let’s return the favor now🙏 https://t.co/jqEymuTTjO
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) October 28, 2020
Make no mistake, COVID and the subsequent lockdowns have cratered the economy, shutting down entire industries and causing historic job losses. Some celebrities, and anyone with a platform, are trying to use it to help those in need. Gad shot to fame after playing the beloved Frozen character, and now the actor is calling on people to help the thousands of recently unemployed Disney theme park employees.
Traditionally, its theme park business is one of the strengths for Disney, but with COVID ravaging the industry, the company announced it was laying off a tragic 28,000 employees. A nonprofit group has started up to help them, called Cast Member Pantry. It donates food essentials to laid-off workers.
Gad shared the link to the group and said “Today I am donating to the thousands of Disney employees who have been laid off during these impossible times. If you can, please join me. They have provided us with untold joy. Let’s return the favor now.”
It was a nice gesture and an important call to action from the actor, and the members of the group and some of the affected employees were deeply moved by his efforts.
One employee said she had waited on him before and that he was a delight: “This tweet brought me to tears. Your heart is amazing,” she replied on Twitter. Another former employee said:
You have no idea how much this means to us Josh. I was one of thousands who were laid off from their dream job. We are hurting, but this really means so much.
The pandemic is hurting a lot of people, and the only way through it is to help those you can, when you can, for as long as you can.