Customers contribute more than $1.6 million to UNICEF’s Change for Good program on American Airlines  in 2010

American Airlines customers have outdone themselves again. Fundraising contributions for UNICEF’s Change for Good program on American Airlines once again broke the previous year’s record. More than $1.6 million was raised in 2010 through customers’ generosity — the largest sum in the program’s 16-year history. Donations of foreign and domestic currency are collected by American Airlines “Champions for Children” who volunteer their time while on the job to help UNICEF save and improve children’s lives.

As a way to say to say thanks — more than a million times over — to customers and employees, American  and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF played host to a Thanks A Million+ celebration at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on March 9. The celebration included giveaways for customers traveling through the terminal that day and offered another opportunity to donate and support UNICEF’s Change for Good program on American Airlines.

UNICEF’s Change for Good program on American Airlines is one the airline’s longest-running charitable programs, in which customers’ donations are converted into life-saving services for the world’s children through UNICEF. Donations support the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in its mission to reduce the number of preventable childhood deaths from 22,000 per day to zero – providing children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more.

Customers on select international American Airlines flights and in Admirals Clubs® and Flagship Lounges® worldwide are encouraged to continue donating their unused U.S. and foreign currencies to support UNICEF’s mission to assist the world’s most vulnerable children.