For more than 25 years, American Airlines' customers have donated millions of AAdvantage miles to support causes that are near to their hearts and ours. Together with the efforts of our dedicated employees, it is a gift that brings peace, hope and joy to the communities in which we work, live and play — year-round.
In 2015, your generous donations provided relief and assistance in areas where it was needed, offering peace of mind to military members, providing hope for those affected by natural disasters and giving joy to needy children. Following are a few causes your contributions helped succeed this year:
American wishes to thank our customers for their generosity in 2015. With your help, we were able to support organizations that assist those in need, and with your continued help, we will work to help others even more in 2016.
The American Airlines Kids in Need program provides worldwide support for children and their families, as well as for organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for children who need medical, educational and social services. Donating miles to Kids in Need directly supports those causes.
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The Miles for All Who Serve program provides assistance to organizations that support veterans, military members and their families. The mile-donation program offers opportunities to help caregivers and first responders, as well as provides a strategic emphasis on helping children of service members.
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The American Airlines Miles of Hope program provides worldwide support for organizations that help supply the basic needs of the most vulnerable populations. Focusing on food, clothing, shelter, health, education and employment, the program benefits organizations that provide a strategic focus on children and/or those afflicted by unexpected adversity.
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In March, four American Airlines flight attendants who participate in UNICEF’s Change for Good® program on American Airlines who traveled to Bolivia to see first-hand how their support helps the world’s most vulnerable children survive and thrive. Our flight attendant volunteers, known as “Champions for Children,” collect unused domestic and foreign currency on select international flights; in 2015, they raised nearly $500,000.
During the six weeks between Memorial Day and the July 4th holiday, American promotes the Patriotic Six campaign to raise funds through our Miles for All Who Serve. Donations support organizations and programs that help veterans, military members and their families. More than 1,000 American customers raised more than $100,000 to benefit our nation’s servicemen and women during the Patriotic Six 2015.
In tribute to the 82 living Medal of Honor recipients, American transported a group of heroes aboard its yellow-ribboned 737 aircraft from New York to Washington, D.C., where they were recognized in conjunction with National Medal of Honor Day. The Medal of Honor, the highest U.S military honor for valor, has been presented to just 3,500 service members, many of them posthumously, since the Civil War.
American Airlines’ Do Crew is an employee volunteer program that supports American’s employees as they work to make a difference in the communities that we all work, live and play in. Through the program, volunteers can also work to earn mileage donations to any charity of their choice.
More than 300 American employees volunteer with the Puppies in Flight program — a partnership between American and Assistance Dogs International. Through the program, puppies are transported to their destinations where they are paired with their new companion or delivered to the individuals who will raise them to become assistance dogs.
American Airlines employees raised more than $100,000 for the Red Cross in 2015. After a devastating earthquake in Nepal, American employees raised more than $37,000 specifically for that region. These funds went to work immediately, alleviating suffering and bringing hope as only the Red Cross can. When our employees’ efforts combine with the generous hearts of our customers, we see first-hand the power of giving and the difference it makes.
Throughout the month of October, American’s annual Be Pink campaign highlights employees’ stories of survival to educate others about breast cancer. Through American’s Miles for the Cure mileage donation program, more than $740,000 was raised for our research grant at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston during the 2015 campaign.
American employee Suzanne George (left) gave a touching speech at the 2015 Susan G. Komen Leadership Conference about her 27-year-old daughter Sarah’s diagnosis of breast cancer and how it affected her entire family. George is a volunteer for American’s Celebrity Golf & Tennis, an annual event that has raised $8 million for Susan G. Komen’s Promise Fund.
Flight Attendant Sarah Bly, PHL, participated in the 2015 Be Pink campaign. Bly said that before her diagnosis, she knew nothing about breast cancer except pink ribbons and media coverage the disease received every October. Today, Bly is an active supporter of the Be Pink campaign and writes a blog to give comfort, aid and advice to those suffering from the disease.
American has partnered with Make-A-Wish to help grant wishes of young children for more than 20 years. This year, American worked with the organization to make 7-year-old William’s wish to be an American Airlines pilot for a day a reality. Capt. William received a custom uniform, met pilots, toured the airport, completed training at the American Airlines Flight Academy and more during his three-day experience.
American hosted it’s annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF event this Halloween. The annual event helps support UNICEF’s Change for Good® program on American Airlines, a program that both customers and employees support UNICEF’s effort to improve and save children’s lives through donated foreign or domestic currency.
American and its employees work to honor veterans, military service members and their families year-round, but on Veterans Day we go beyond our everyday efforts and salute veterans with systemwide ceremonies and events that remember and honor the sacrifices they made.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War, American Airlines shone a special spotlight on Vietnam veterans this past Veterans Day. As a Commemorative Partner of the Department of Defense, American sponsored systemwide events that paid tribute to employees, employees’ immediate family members and retirees who are Vietnam War-era veterans (1955–1975).