Stars from Avengers: Endgame gathered together at Disneyland for the announcement of an epic charity event named Avengers Universe Unites.
We’re still not sure how our favourite superheroes will go about restoring the universe after Thanos’ snap, but while we wait to find out the actors have been passing the time by helping to do some good on our home planet.
This week Disney announced Avengers Universe Unites, which supports The Walt Disney Company’s signature philanthropic commitment, Disney Team of Heroes.
Today the stars of Avengers: Endgame visited the Disneyland Resort to launch Avengers Universe Unites, a charity event that supports The Walt Disney Company's signature philanthropic commitment, Disney Team of Heroes: https://t.co/dc3GnNtplD pic.twitter.com/5gsoIxfKyI
— Walt Disney Company (@WaltDisneyCo) April 5, 2019
This Team of Heroes is not to be confused with the team of heroes who attended the event. We’ll stick to calling them the Avengers, just for ease of understanding.
Disney Team of Heroes delivers comfort and inspiration to seriously ill children around the world, and yesterday Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd and Brie Larson, as well as Disney CEO Robert Iger, appeared at the California resort to announce a donation to nonprofits.
In celebration of the highly anticipated sequel to Infinity War, Disney, the LEGO Group, Hasbro, Funko and Amazon will donate $1 million in cash from Disney to Starlight Children’s Foundation, which will benefit children’s hospitals across the U.S.
The companies will also gift more than $4 million worth of Avengers: Endgame toys and products to hundreds of children’s hospitals throughout the country, as well as Give Kids the World, a nonprofit resort in central Florida.
The Avengers; #PaulRudd #ScarlettJohansson #RobertDowneyJr #Disney CEO Bob Iger, #BreeLarson, #ChrisHemsworth #JeremyRenner announce donations to nonprofits supporting children. #starlightchildrensfoundation #avengers #captmarvel #antman #thor #captmarvel #ironman #BlackWidow pic.twitter.com/XrkOeBZFRX
— Jeff Gritchen 🇺🇸 (@jeffgritchen) April 5, 2019
According to Disney’s news release, Iger commented:
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.
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 actors were later joined at the event by children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Anaheim and Garden Grove.
The stars of @Marvel's #AvengersEndgame visited the LEGO store at Downtown Disney as part of the Avengers #UniverseUnites launch. The charity event helps to comfort and inspire seriously ill children around the world. #HeroActs #LEGOMarvel @Disney pic.twitter.com/0hipnKOJNW
— LEGO (@LEGO_Group) April 5, 2019
Adam Garone, CEO of Starlight Children’s Foundation, said:
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.
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.
What an amazing gesture!
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Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.