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Throughout the month of March, American Airlines is creating opportunities for its customers and team members to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.
Beginning today, funds collected in flight by flight attendants and online through American’s partnership with UNICEF’s Change for Good program will be directed to support UNICEF and its humanitarian response in Ukraine. The funds raised this month at www.unicefusa.org/aa, and on flights to and from international destinations and Hawaii, will support UNICEF in reaching vulnerable children and families in Ukraine with assistance like access to basic services including water, sanitization, immunization and health care, as well as schooling and learning support and emergency cash assistance for up to 7.5 million children. Additionally, the funds can support UNICEF’s overall response for children in Ukraine and neighboring countries of pre-positioning critical health supplies to cover the immediate needs of internally displaced people in nine strategic hromadas (municipalities).
“It is deeply troubling to see the humanitarian crisis unfolding as a result of the conflict in Ukraine,” said Brady Byrnes, Vice President of Flight Service for American.
“Our purpose at American Airlines is to care for people on life’s journey and in order to truly fulfill that purpose, we must step up when it matters most.”
The UNICEF Change for Good program is an alliance between the UNICEF and the international airline industry to convert spare change donated by customers traveling on aircraft into critical services and supplies for vulnerable children around the world. Since their partnership began in 1994, American’s flight attendants have helped to raise more than $17 million to support UNICEF and its worldwide humanitarian efforts.
For more information about the UNICEF Change for Good program and to donate online, visit www.unicefusa.org/aa.
In addition, all AAdvantage miles donated to American’s Miles for Social Good program during the month of March will be directed to Airlink to help transport physicians and relief workers to Eastern Europe to assist with humanitarian relief in Ukraine. Airlink is a global humanitarian organization delivering critical aid to communities in crisis by providing airlift and logistical solutions to nonprofit partners responding to disasters around the world.