Barbra Streisand Helps George Floyd's Daughter Gianna, 6, Become a Disney Shareholder
Gianna Floyd, George Floyd's 6-year-old daughter, is now a Disney shareholder thanks to Barbra Streisand.
On Saturday, the young girl thanked the singer for the gift with a post on her Instagram page that included a slideshow of photos with the letter and the certificate she had received in the mail. Streisand, 78, also sent Gianna two of her studio albums, My Name Is Barbra and Color Me Barbra.
"Thank you @barbrastreisand for my package, thanks to you I'm now a Disney shareholder," Gianna's post read next to a photo in which she smiled with her certificate.
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While the Walt Disney Company no longer grants shareholder discounts to its theme parks, the brand is known to pay for itself, with stocks developing well over the years. In a recent CNBC report, they calculated that a $ 1,000 investment in Disney 10 years ago from February 2020 would be worth more than $ 4,600, or a total return of around 370 percent.
It is unclear how many shares Gianna received from Streisand.
RELATED: George Floyd's 6-year-old daughter receives a full scholarship to Texas Southern University
Last week, Gianna learned that if she decided to attend, she would be granted a full scholarship to Texas Southern University in Houston. In a press release on its website, the TSU's Board of Regents announced that they "approved a fund to grant Floyd's beloved daughter Gianna a full scholarship ... if she wanted to go to university."
The board said the grant was an opportunity for them to "honor the memory of George Floyd on the day he is laid to rest" and ensure that Gianna has a secure future.
"This board is committed to education and understands that a college degree is one of many important steps towards a productive and successful life," said Albert H. Myres, chairman of the Board of Regents, in a statement. "We know that this gesture cannot replace her father's loving presence, but we hope that it will help make her journey through life easier."
In addition to the grant, the TSU announced on Tuesday that it had issued a resolution for Floyd's family commemorating his "extraordinary life of devotion."
"[Floyd] will be remembered both as a leader and as a mentor, colleague and friend, and as an important inspiration to change the world through an endless pursuit of justice," the resolution said.
Kanye West also created a savings plan for 529 colleges earlier this month to fully cover tuition for Gianna. A West representative confirmed to PEOPLE that he had also donated a total of $ 2 million to support the families and legal defense of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.
RELATED: George Floyd's Daughter Gianna, 6, Says 'Daddy Has Changed The World'
And at just 6, Gianna already understands the significant impact her late father has left.
Last week, retired NBA player Stephen Jackson, a long-time friend of the Floyd family, shared a clip of himself with Gianna on his shoulders. In the clip, she smiled when she exclaimed, "Daddy changed the world!"
Gianna remembered some of her favorite memories of her father during an interview with Good Morning America last week. "I miss him," Gianna said after being asked what people should know about her father, adding, "He was playing with me."
"She didn't have to play with anyone else because Daddy would play with her all day," her mother Roxie Washington said in the same interview. "I mean, that was his baby. He loved his little girl."
Floyd, 46, died on May 25 of a "cardiopulmonary arrest that complicates law enforcement, restraint, and neck compression." This emerges from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner report published on June 1, in which his death was also classified as murder.
His death was recorded on a video that showed police officer Derek Chauvin Floyd kneeling Floyd's neck on the floor for almost nine minutes despite Floyd's repeated requests "I can't breathe."
Chauvin, who was previously charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, was charged with second-degree murder. Chauvin has not yet made a plea and his lawyer has not responded to PEOPLE's request for comment.
Three other officers - Thomas Lane, 37; Tou Thao, 34; and J. Alexander Kueng, 26, were accused of supporting and promoting second degree murder and second degree homicide. You have not filed any pleas.
To combat systemic racism, you should consider learning from or donating to these organizations:
Campaign Zero (joincampaignzero.org) that ends police brutality in America through research-proven strategies.
ColorofChange.org is working to make the government respond better to racial differences.
The National Cares Mentoring Movement (carementoring.org) provides social and academic support to help black teenagers succeed in college and beyond.
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