With Easter tomorrow and events cancelled across the nation, the cast members at the Walt Disney World Resort are helping to keep the magic alive with impactful acts of kindness. During their Meals on Wheels delivery, 200 local seniors received quite the magical surprise – Easter lilies donated by Walt Disney World.
Michelle Giger Rohrmann, who manages the nursery where the flowers were grown, along with her team realized that while Walt Disney World is temporarily closed, the lilies that are typically used for springtime decorations in the parks and resorts could still be used to spread joy this Easter holiday.
The flowers were gifted to the Osceola Council on Aging and added to Meals on Wheels deliveries near Walt Disney World. Each Easter lily found a new home with one of the local elderly residents who are all taking part in the practice of social distancing during the pandemic.
Michelle, reflecting on her team’s efforts, “I’m glad that they are able to be enjoyed by these folks. I hope this will be a bright spot in their day.” And for Michelle and her fellow cast members, the Easter lilies hold a deeper meaning of coming together in hopes of a brighter tomorrow. “To me, the lily is really symbolic of springtime – after a long, hard winter, the first thing to pop up is a lily. It’s a good representation of how we’ll come out of this together. We’ll pull through this. Better days are on their way.”
It’s always wonderful to see magic still being sprinkled where it can as we wait for parks to reopen and life to start seeming normal again. These flowers won’t be making their way into our parks and resorts this spring, but they will still serve as a hopeful reminder that life continues to bloom and grow for seniors in the Greater Orlando community.