More than 1,700 children and spouses of fallen military service members travelled on the Snowball Express in 2015. American Airlines has partnered with Snowball Express for 11 years, providing more than $1 million worth of donations, volunteers to staff 9 chartered flights and endless smiles to families of fallen military heroes. This year included a visit to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, a private show by the National Cutting Horse Association and the annual performance by Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band.Read the original story.
Fourteen teens were taken on unique ski trip designed for amputees in 2016. This was the 35th year that Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children facilitated the trip. The trip is part of the American Airlines Kids in NeedSM program. More than 170 million miles donated by AAdantage® members helped to make the trip a reality. Read the original story.
Thanks to mAAgic℠ flight, an annual all-expenses-paid vacation at Give Kids the World Village, children with life-threatening illnesses experience joy at nearby theme parks with donated tickets. Hundreds of American Airlines, American Eagle and American Federal Credit Union employees supply volunteer efforts and miles donated to American’s Miles for Kids in Need program provide the transportation. The 19th annual mAAgic℠ flight occurred in September 2015. Read the original story.
American Airlines supports the U.S. Fund for UNICEF that helps children obtain healthcare, clean water, nutrition or education. Employees’ children collect candy and coins on Halloween for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, “Champions for Children” flight attendants encourage customers to donate to the Change for Good program, American employees back online fundraisers, and the Kids in Need program contribute. Read the original story.
In June 2015, the Make-A-Wish Foundation made a simple request. 7-year-old William, born with congenital heart defects, wanted to be a pilot. William and his family flew to DFW where he attended the Flight Academy. He received a custom-made pilot uniform, hat complete with rollerboard and embroidered with “Captain William” and the American logo, and mini Ray-Ban Aviators. Most important, he got his wings.
This one-day wish became a three-day wish as American employees helped Make-A-Wish provide an unforgettable experience. Read the original story.
More than 500 guests hit the slopes in Vail, Colorado, to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). Ambassadors Libby Seamans, Samantha Monson and Piper Welsh inspired everyone with their stories. All three emphasized how they want to change the way CF patients are viewed — by both themselves and others. “I was told not to go to college, then not to study abroad, then not to go to law school, then not to work at a firm,” Piper says. “But here I am.’” To date, the event has raised more than $33 million for the CFF. Read the original story.
The Something mAAgic Foundation’s 19th annual mAAgicsm flight flew 36 courageous children with life-threatening medical conditions and their families to their fun destination, where they stayed at the incredible Give Kids The World Village®, a 70-acre “storybook” resort in Kissimmee, Fla. that neighbors popular Orlando attractions.
Through UNICEF’s Change for Good® program on American Airlines, you can help UNICEF save children’s lives by donating foreign or domestic currency on selected international flights or in specially marked UNICEF donation boxes at Admirals Club® lounges and Flagship Lounges® locations worldwide (except Latin America).
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation seeks to cure cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for all people living with the disease. American supports CFF with its annual Celebrity Ski event and support of Great Strides walks.
Snowball Express connects children and surviving spouses of fallen heroes with others sharing the same experience. They create a weekend of events that lets them know they are not alone and that we honor the sacrifice of their parent.
The Something mAAgic Foundation© Inc., is a nonprofit organization made of current and former American employee volunteers. It supports organizations that create memories for children with chronic or life-threatening medical conditions.
UNICEF’s Change for Good program raises funds through foreign currency donations. Customers on board select American flights can donate unused U.S. and foreign currencies to help UNICEF make a difference in the lives of children.
Give Kids The World Village is a nonprofit resort that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. From here, they experience a joyful, cost-free visit to Central Florida attractions.
Make-a-Wish© creates magical memories and experiences for every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. Granting wishes every 37 minutes, they believe a wish experience can be game-changer for the kids they serve.