Delta Air Lines is contributing $50,000 to the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation to aid in the fight against wildfires in California.
California firefighters are battling more than a dozen fires across the state, and hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced in the destruction caused by wildfires. The funds contributed by Delta will be used to purchase fire shelters for LAFD firefighters to carry with them when battling the brush fires. These shelters are used as a last resort for firefighters who become trapped by a wildfire and are designed to reflect radiant heat, protect against convective heat and trap breathable air.
"We are grateful for the generous support from Delta Air Lines. This gift will help to keep our LAFD firefighters safe when battling fires," said Liz Lin, President — Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation.
The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation provides essential equipment, technology, training and youth programs to LAFD and accepts donations at this site.
"The devastating wildfires in California remind us of the grueling work firefighters do every day to protect families and their homes. We are so thankful for the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation and LAFD's firefighters, as well as those across the state and around the country who are working to keep Californians safe," said Scott Santoro, V.P. — Los Angeles and West Sales.
The American Red Cross is supporting evacuees as more people are displaced from their homes due to the California wildfires. The American Red Cross is Delta's longest-standing nonprofit partner and when disaster strikes, Delta's support helps the American Red Cross provide food, shelter and relief to those in need. Delta's support as an Annual Disaster Giving Program participant at the $1 million level allows the organization to be strategic in disaster response.
How customers can help
Delta customers are asked to donate directly to the disaster relief of the California wildfires at http://redcross.org/delta-pub. Donations will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and mobilizing volunteers to help those in need. Customers are also able to donate to the American Red Cross through SkyWish, the charitable arm of the Delta SkyMiles frequent flyer program. It allows Delta and its SkyMiles members to donate miles to charitable organizations worldwide.