Delta will contribute $250,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after Hurricane Maria slammed into the Caribbean, leaving behind widespread flooding and destruction. The islands were still recovering from Hurricane Irma a week earlier.
"Delta stands in support of the people affected by these hurricanes, as they are the heart of the communities we serve," said Luciano Macagno, Delta's Managing Director – Latin America and the Caribbean. "We are thankful to have partners like the Red Cross and to be able to contribute to experts that specialize in disaster response and can help provide immediate assistance to those in need."
This contribution is in addition to the $1 million grant to the American Red Cross as an Annual Disaster Giving Program partner, a $1 million contribution made in response to Hurricane Irma, and a $250,000 contribution to support relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey from The Delta Air Lines Foundation. In addition, Delta made a $100,000 contribution to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the world's largest humanitarian network, to support relief efforts in the Caribbean after Irma. Delta also provided 10 million miles to the American Red Cross through a match of customer donations on SkyWish, the charitable arm of Delta's loyalty program SkyMiles. Delta employees and customers have contributed more than $200,000 to the American Red Cross in support of disaster response in the wake of three devastating hurricanes.
Delta customers can support relief efforts for hurricane victims by donating through Delta's Customer Microsite, created in partnership with the Red Cross. Donations will go toward immediate relief needs.
The American Red Cross is Delta's longest-standing non-profit partner, and the partnership has allowed the airline, its customers and employees to help people in need for more than 76 years. Delta is the largest corporate blood donor in the Southeast and No. 2 nationwide.