As a member of the Disneyland Resort Engineering Services team, we have sponsored a holiday party at Walnut Manor Care Center in Anaheim since 2006. Each year, we collect donations by selling candy to colleagues and use the money to purchase gifts for the residents, which are distributed by our team and Mickey Mouse during the holidays.
My favorite memory of the event is when Mickey Mouse approached a bedridden resident who turned to look at Mickey with a huge smile on his face, lift his hand and grab Mickey’s nose. The entire staff was in tears as they explained they have never seen the resident show such emotion.
I find it important to get involved with the residents of Walnut Manor Care Center because the elderly are so often forgotten. They have so much history and advice to share. I loved sitting with my grandmother as a child and hearing her stories. I’m glad I can give back during the holidays to a generation that worked to make mine better!
Executive Secretary, Engineering Services