American Airlines has applied their resources to many humanitarian projects throughout theirv92-year history. This past November they put forward their largest effort for disaster relief in company history by helping those impacted by the California wildfires.
The Camp Fire in Paradise California, contained on November 25th, is the number one most destructive fire recorded. According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), there were more than 150,000 acres burned, over 18,000 homes and structures destroyed. The total death count is at 84, while the missing persons count is at 11.
With thousands of people now homeless, Butte County’s shelters and “homeless camps” are overwhelmed trying to provide basic necessities. On November 28th, American Airlines team members assembled 20,000 American Red Cross hygiene kits at the cargo facility at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. Each hygiene kit is equipped with useful items like: liquid hand soap, shampoo, a toothbrush and toothpaste, hand and body lotion, a disposable razor, and deodorant. The kits were delivered to California and distributed by the Red Crosslater that week.
There are still overwhelming numbers of homeless families that need aid. The best way to support them is through monetary donation. Until December 10th, American Airlines’ AAdvantage members can earn 10 miles for each dollar they donate to the Red Cross with a minimum $25 donation. Your donation will be used by the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, relief supplies and health services to all those that are still displaced by the devastating wildfires.
American Airlines’ LA senior vice president Suzanne Boda shared how very proud they are tohave such a long-standing partnership with the Red Cross. They are grateful for the support of the more than 100 team members that volunteered to build the hygiene kits.