I read an article on Twitter last night titled: Unemployed Disney workers walk away from food pantry empty-handed. It broke my heart. (Keep reading for the opportunity to donate.)

Twenty-twenty is the year none of us expected. Our lives have flipped upside-down since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some have had to reschedule their annual family vacations to Disney, while Make-A-Wish kids have had to postpone their visits indefinitely. Cast Members have been furloughed and are collecting unemployment, while some Cast Members have yet to receive their first payment — three months since they were furloughed, and are barely making ends meet.

It's cliché to say we're all in this together. But the truth is, we are. None of us expected this pandemic to take over our lives the way it has.

The article I read last night made me realize even more how fortunate I am. I've worried about a lot in the last three months, but I never once worried if there would be food on the table or a roof over my head.

As a WDW local, I can tell you firsthand that our tourism community is hurting. Badly. We need to keep the magic alive for those who create magic for us every day.

I've created a small effort to help our community — a Virtual Food Drive through Second Harvest Food Bank. While these times are tough for all of us, and we might not be able to give as much as we usually would, a donation as small as $1 can provide FOUR meals for those in need.

To put it in perspective, if every one of Postcards from Mickey's Instagram followers donated just $1 to this Virtual Food Drive, together we could raise nearly $800. That's 3,200 meals!!!

I hope you will consider donating to my Virtual Food Drive! Together we are making a difference.

💝, Jennifer
It's hard to believe we're already in the month of June — time seems so different lately. But the start of a new month means it's time for another monthly update. And I have a LOT to talk about!

I want to start this post by sharing some exciting news: Postcards from Mickey is almost ready to begin mailings. I will share a follow-up post with you soon, talking about safety procedures and some other thoughts.

In the meantime, if you know a child who is battling cancer or another illness who would like to receive a postcard — please reach out to me (Jennifer). You may contact me via Postcards from Mickey's official social media, or by emailing me at PostcardsfromMickey@gmail.com. I will make sure to reserve a postcard to be mailed soon.

With that being said, it's obvious that our lives have changed drastically since the start of COVID-19 — forcing us to adjust to a new normal. The theme parks closed, and we began to stay home to flatten the curve of this pandemic. It seemed like the closures continued on... and on... But now we are just one month away from the parks' phased reopening dates (July 11 & 15).

As you may be frustrated with having to reschedule or cancel this year's vacation to Disney (or any other plans you may have had), I beg you to think of the children who have had to reschedule or cancel their Make-A-Wish trips. While we are all hurting in our own ways, these children are incredibly deserving of this once-in-a-lifetime visit, and unfortunately won't have their "wish" come true this year.

Give Kids the World — a local organization here in Central Florida that helps children receive their wishes — announced this week that the facility will be closed indefinitely, until a vaccine is in wide use. It is too risky for children with failed immune systems to travel and be in large groups of people, even if theme park capacities are limited. Unfortunately, yet understandably, this is the reality many families of children battling cancer and other illnesses are facing in 2020.

This news, on top of everything else that has happened this year, has made me remember how lucky I am to have had so much time in the parks throughout my life so far — and only pushes me to do even more with Postcard from Mickey.

And with this initiative's dedication to supporting those fighting their most difficult battles, I will move on to my next thought for this post:

Postcards from Mickey was built on a foundation of love. This initiative is all about sending smiles to those who need them the most. And as I said on its social media platforms earlier this month: As founder of this small effort to bring positivity to our world, I assuredly stand for inclusion. I stand for love, kindness, compassion, and support. Period.

What is happening across our nation and throughout our world hurts my heart. It is tough for me to even believe that we are living in the year 2020 and equality still does not exist among us. We need to strive to be better.

So as we start another new month, I encourage you to think differently. No matter your age, gender, race, or any other defining factor — think differently. Push yourself to think of what you can do, big or small, to make our world a better place to live.

Postcards from Mickey is not a huge initiative. It doesn't have a large social media following, nor have I hit many of my milestone goals just yet. But imagine, if we all made small gestures to make our world better. What a place our world could be.

Talk to you really, really, really soon with more information on the return of postcard mailings.

💛, Jennifer

PS - Postcards from Mickey is hosting weekly game nights on Zoom / Google Hangouts until the parks reopen. Join the fun every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. (Walt Disney World time). "Like" our Facebook page for all the details and updated event pages.

And just like Postcards from Mickey's theme park meet-ups, don't forget your ears!