Delta employees, retirees and customers donated
a record 11,085 pints of blood at Delta-hosted American Red Cross
blood drives across the system for the fiscal year ending 30 June
2018 - an 18% increase on the previous year.
The record moves Delta to the No. 1 spot for corporate
blood donations in the U.S., marking the most successful year
since the airline’s partnership with the humanitarian organization
began in 1941. Delta was No. 10 on the corporate sponsor list just
five years ago.
“The dedication of our Delta blood donors
and blood drive coordinators continues to grow stronger year after
year, and there is no better indicator than the numbers — 11,085
pints of blood donated and the potential to save more than 33,000
lives,” said Tad Hutcheson, Managing Director, Community
This year the airline hosted 214 blood drives
in 36 locations, including the Red Cross’s largest blood drive in
the country hosted at Delta’s Technical Operations Center in
The airline also added inaugural drives in Augusta, Ga.,
Charlotte, N.C., Mobile, Ala., Norfolk, Va., San Francisco,
Calif., and Washington, D.C., expanding support to more
communities where Delta people live, work and serve.
is also a donor to the Annual Disaster Giving Program at the $1
million level, which helps to enable the Red Cross to be strategic
and proactive in disaster response. The company is also a title
sponsor of the Red Cross’s 2018 Sound the Alarm campaign which
installed over 100,000 smoke alarms in homes throughout the
country last spring. The Red Cross is Delta’s longest standing not-for-profit partnership dating back to WWII.
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