LEGOLAND Florida Resort leaders are donating 20,000 theme park tickets to various organizations so they may be given to Florida children after Hurricane Irma.
According to LEGOLAND leaders, 18,000 theme park tickets will give to the UNICEF Kid Power Schools Program and 2,000 are going to the Citrus Center Boys & Girls Club. The announcement was made Thursday morning.
"As a resort built for kids, we felt compelled to do something for Florida's children after Hurricane Irma, which left so many households facing months of recovery," said Rex Jackson, the resort's general manager, in a news release. "While we can't turn the power back on for those families, we can put smiles on their faces."
The donation was made in conjunction with Merlin's Magic Wand, the global charity of LEGOLAND's parent company, Merlin Entertainments. The total donation is valued at more than $1.8 million. It's the largest ticket giveaway for the six-year-old tourist destination.
“From UNICEF’s 70 years of work in emergencies and in schools around the world, we know the importance of ‘play’ and free time in helping kids heal from stressful situations, such as a natural disaster,” said Jeanette Duffy, UNICEF Kid Power program director, in the press release. “This is a fantastic chance for these Florida students to just be kids!"
The Boys & Girls Clubs donation will be distributed to children in Winter Haven, Haines City and Lake Wales, according to LEGOLAND.
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