Employees and retirees contributed a record 9,375 pints of blood at Delta-hosted American Red Cross blood drives during fiscal year 2017 – a 15 percent increase from 2016. The new record secures Delta's ranking as the No. 2 corporate blood donor in the U.S., up from No. 11 spot five years ago.
"The dedication of our donors and blood drive coordinators has continued to grow stronger over the years, and there's no better indicator than the numbers: the potential to save more than 28,100 lives," said Tad Hutcheson, Managing Director – Community Engagement.
Delta was recognized at the annual American Red Cross LifeBoard Luncheon yesterday for earning the Sponsor Award, given to companies that achieved their overall annual goal. The Ground Service Equipment (GSE) team was also awarded the Philip Floor Award for their commitment to recruit donors and exceed their goal for the ninth consecutive year. Susan Smith, Catherine Green and Angela Stewart, GSE analysts in Airport Customer Service, accepted the award on behalf of the team.
Throughout 2017, Delta hosted 177 drives across 32 locations, including the American Red Cross's largest blood drive in the country hosted at TechOps. It has marked the most successful donation year since the Red Cross partnership began in WWII. The airline held inaugural drives in Cincinnati, LaGuardia, Raleigh-Durham and Syracuse. Since 2012, Delta has seen a 90 percent increase in annual pints donated, and has risen nine spots in the national corporate sponsor ranking.
In addition to blood donations, Delta is also a Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program donor at the $1 million level, enabling the charity to be strategic and proactive in disaster response. As people are affected by crisis around the world, blood and financial donations help ensure that individuals, families and communities most in need receive quick relief.