American Airlines and American Eagle employees raise $200,000 for Red Cross aid to Haiti

July 29th, 2010 - 1:02 am ICT by BNO News  

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (BNO NEWS) — American Airlines on Wednesday announced that along with American Eagle employees, they have raised more than $200,000 for American Red Cross humanitarian aid to Haiti.

The contribution will help the Red Cross continue its relief work in Haiti, which includes distributing clean drinking water, treating people at hospitals and mobile clinics, providing vaccinations, and constructing shelter for displaced earthquake survivors. The funds were raised through a variety of activities that began soon after the devastating earthquake struck Haiti on January 12.

“Haiti is more than a destination to the American and American Eagle family. We have proudly served Haiti since 1981, and more than 100 of our employees are based in Port-au-Prince,” said Peter Dolara, American’s Senior Vice President – Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America. “This donation to the American Red Cross is another reminder of the spirit of volunteerism and giving that extends among our thousands of employees worldwide.”

American and American Eagle employees immediately set in motion efforts to aid victims by providing assistance and raising funds the day after the disaster struck. Donations were received from employees around the globe, including the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Canada.

“We are grateful to each and every employee at American Airlines and American Eagle who have given so generously to help those whose lives have been forever changed by the earthquake,” said David Meltzer, American Red Cross Senior Vice President of International Services.

“Without continued support from American Airlines, American Eagle Employees Present Check to American Red Cross for Haiti Relief Efforts companies like American, American Eagle and their employees, the Red Cross would not be able to sustain the level of support that it provides to communities in need.”

American Eagle was the first commercial airline to bring humanitarian supplies to Haiti following the earthquake, flying a total of 30 relief missions and transporting over 400,000 pounds of aid, including water, medical supplies, food and shoes.

The airlines also evacuated more than 700 people. Just nine days after the earthquake, more than 350 American and American Eagle employee volunteers staffed phones at American’s Southern Reservations Office during the star-studded “Hope for Haiti” telethon, answering a total of 15,000 calls.

In addition, a group of American Airlines employee volunteers, “Champions for Children,” collected donations from customers who generously gave more than $200,000 to help Haitian children through UNICEF’s Change for Good program.

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