Thursday, 24 December 2020

Giving back, not giving up: How Delta staff have served communities in need

The global pandemic changed our lives and our business this year, but one thing that didn’t change was Delta’s commitment to the communities we serve. The indomitable Delta spirit continued to shine as employees gave back to those in need.  

From donating more than 1 million pounds of food to providing more than 1 million blankets and amenity kits to social service agencies and donating over 10,000 pints of life-saving blood, Delta people served communities across the world during uncertain times. 

“Giving back to the communities where we live, work and serve is a part of our DNA at Delta, and it has never been more important,” said Tad Hutcheson, Managing Director – Community Engagement. “Even in a pandemic, our people want to roll up their sleeves and help. Whether through giving blood, providing food and supplies to those in need or bringing smiles to children’s faces during the holidays with bikes built by TechOps employees - Delta people care, and it shows.” 

We supported healthcare heroes as they treated those affected by COVID-19 by: 

Manufacturing more than 70,000 face shields for healthcare workers to extend the life of essential N95 mask respirators 
Donating 800,000 pounds of snacks and drinks to hospitals in 20 different countries including France, Senegal, Greece, China, Philippines, Brazil, El Salvador, U.S. and more  
Providing more than 350 free flights for medical professionals to assist in states heavily impacted by the pandemic  

Delta donated more than 8 million pounds of essential items to social service agencies and communities in need, including:  

More than 1 million pounds of food donated to communities around the world, equating to more than 800,000 meals served during the pandemic 
Millions of pounds of assets like amenity kits, blankets and dishware donated to social service agencies helping the homeless, families in need, schools and others   
Delta maintained our commitment to serving our communities and supporting our partners by: 

Partnering with KABOOM! to build five playgrounds in 2020 in Atlanta, Tampa, Minneapolis and San Jose  
Building 750 bikes, contributing 1,300 toys and donating $725,000 to Toys for Tots  
Donating 10,338 pints of blood to American Red Cross in fiscal year 2020 
Delta people volunteered their time and talents by: 

Sewing masks for those in need and delivering Delta donations to charities and organizations around the world  
Volunteering at local food banks, school food distribution events and other community-based charities  
Delta received numerous awards and distinctions throughout the year: 

Named an honoree of The Civic 50 by Points of Light, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, for the third consecutive year 
Served as No. 1 American Red Cross corporate blood donor for third straight year 
Became the only airline to be named one of America’s most just companies by Forbes 
Won PR News’ Community Affairs Award for giving a grant to the National Park Service to keep the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historical Park open during the 2019 federal government lapse in appropriations 
Earned Nomi Network’s 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility Award for Delta’s efforts to end human trafficking

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