More Than $1.7 Million Raised for Those Affected by Japan’s Earthquake and TsunamiWithin hours of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, American Airlines and American Eagle employees quickly set in motion efforts to raise funds and provide aid to the victims. Thanks to the generous donations of American Airlines customers and employees, more than $1.726 million has been raised to date.
More than 17,000 AAdvantage® members have contributed to the American Red Cross Japan and Pacific Tsunami Fund through American’s partnership with the American Red Cross, which is helping provide shelter, food and other assistance to earthquake and tsunami victims.
Customer donations were also collected in Admirals Club® lounges throughout the system via the American Giving Disaster Relief Fund. Additionally, during the months of March and April, all contributions collected through UNICEF’s Change for Good program onboard selected American Airlines international flights and in Admirals Clubs helped support UNICEF’s emergency relief and recovery efforts in Japan.
Together, American Airlines and American Eagle employees raised more than $52,000 through the airline’s American Giving program, which allows employees to make direct monetary contributions to charitable organizations. American’s Asia/Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group (APIERG) was especially instrumental in this effort, garnering more than $22,000 through various fundraisers.
Additional employee-led fundraising initiatives to provide assistance to Japan included:
- Bake sales, hot dog sales, donation tables and other fundraising activities at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport
- Sales of food and baked goods at San Francisco and London Heathrow International Airports
- Raffles and lunch sales by American Airlines Maintenance and Engineering employees at Los Angeles International Airport
- Donation collections and bake sales at Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport, as well as shipments of pillow and blanket sets to Japan
- Gifts of homemade baked goods to thank customers who donate at the Zurich Airport