Avengers un­veil $5 mil­lion do­na­tion for sick chil­dren

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Some of Mar­vel’s top Avengers have as­sem­bled to sup­port a $5 mil­lion do­na­tion to ben­e­fit se­ri­ously ill chil­dren in hos­pi­tals around the globe.

Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, Jeremy Ren­ner, Paul Rudd and Brie Larson helped un­veil the do­na­tion of money and toys to ben­e­fit char­i­ties and chil­dren’s hos­pi­tals at Dis­ney Re­sort in Ana­heim, Cal­i­for­nia, on Fri­day.

Af­ter the an­nounce­ment, sev­eral of the “Avengers: Endgame” stars vis­ited kids from the lo­cal Boys & Girls Clubs to play at the LEGO store in down­town Dis­ney, where toys with their characters’ like­nesses were un­veiled.

Toys and prod­ucts from the new Mar­vel su­per­hero film will be sent to chil­dren’s hos­pi­tals through­out the coun­try as well as Give Kids the World, a non-profit re­sort in cen­tral Florida.

Dis­ney do­nated $1 mil­lion to the Starlight Chil­dren’s Foun­da­tion, which brings en­ter­tain­ment and ed­u­ca­tion to chil­dren fac­ing life-threat­en­ing con­di­tions in sev­eral coun­tries, in­clud­ing the United States and Great Bri­tain. The LEGO group, Has­bro, Funko and Ama­zon col­lab­o­rated to do­nate more than $4 mil­lion to chil­dren’s hos­pi­tals around the coun­try.

RICHARD SHOTWELL Invision/AP

Paul Rudd, fore­ground from left, Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, Robert Downey Jr., Brie Larson, Chris Hemsworth and Jeremy Ren­ner ap­pear with Dis­ney CEO Robert Iger, back­ground cen­ter, at an event an­nounc­ing the Uni­verse Unites Char­ity at Dis­ney Cal­i­for­nia Ad­ven­ture Park on Fri­day in Ana­heim.

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