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Disney Donates $1 Million, Free Lodging After Orlando Shooting

“We are heartbroken by this tragedy."
Fireworks punctuate the grand opening celebration at the Cinderella Castle for the New Fantasyland attraction at the Walt Dis
Fireworks punctuate the grand opening celebration at the Cinderella Castle for the New Fantasyland attraction at the Walt Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The new attraction is the largest expansion at the Magic Kingdom. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

The happiest place on Earth is doing what it can to bring some relief to the victims of the worst shooting the U.S. has seen.

The Walt Disney Company announced on Tuesday that it’s donating $1 million to a fund set up to support victims and families affected by Sunday's shooting, which claimed 49 lives. Walt Disney World Resort is also providing free accommodations for relatives and friends of the victims, according to a press release.

In response to the shooting at the Pulse nightclub, the city announced the launch of OneOrlando Fund, which will support nonprofits that address short- and long-term needs related to the massacre. The group will distribute funds to nonprofits that work with victims, family members, LGBTQ groups and Hispanic communities, among others.

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14: Flowers and photographs for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting lay at a makeshift memorial, J
ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14: Flowers and photographs for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting lay at a makeshift memorial, June 14, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. The shooting, which killed 49 people and injured 53, is the worst mass-shooting event in American history. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Disney is the region’s largest employer, according to the Orlando Sentinel, and has given the largest single donation to the fund so far.

The company will also match eligible donations, dollar for dollar, made by employees. To encourage blood donations, Disney collaborated with OneBlood to set up five donation centers across the resort property.

“We are heartbroken by this tragedy and hope our commitment will help those in the community affected by this senseless act,” Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said in a statement. "We mourn the loss of the victims and offer our condolences to their families, friends and loved ones.”

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