Walt Disney World donates $20,000 in wishing well coins for Thanksgiving dinner for homeless

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Posted at 1:00 PM, Nov 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-28 16:00:12-05

(KGTV) — Tourists tossing coins into Walt Disney World's fountains this year went toward fulfilling the wishes of hundreds of homeless individuals in Florida.

The theme park donated $20,000 in wishing well coins found in the park's fountains to the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. The coins went toward making the coalition's meal for the coalition's nearly 650 residents.

The group provides housing, emergency services, and diversion for local homeless men, women, and children in Central Florida.

"Every year, thousands of guests toss coins into fountains at our Resort and make a wish, and this year the funds collected from those fountains are being given to the Coalition to help make their annual Thanksgiving meal service possible," according to Tajiana Ancora-Brown, director of external affairs at Walt Disney World Resort.

According to the Associated Press, the feast required seven kitchens, 250 pounds of turkey, 60 gallons of gravy and cranberry compote, 300 pounds of cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes and green beans, 800 dinner rolls, and 72 apple and pumpkin pies.

Walt Disney World also donated hundreds of to-go containers for the meal.