Editor's note: The following article, originally published on March 10, was updated to include information on the donation of bedding and amenity kits and how SkyMiles Members can donate miles to support Ukrainian relief efforts.
Delta Air Lines has contributed $1 million to the American Red Cross and Global Red Cross Movement in support of humanitarian relief efforts in Ukraine, which are delivering needed supplies, first aid training, evacuation assistance and more.
Now through July 31, 2022, SkyMiles Members can join Delta in supporting people affected by the Ukraine crisis by donating miles to the American Red Cross. Delta will convert all donated miles into dollars to help provide humanitarian relief to those affected by the Ukraine crisis.
The airline also has given $100,000 to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to assist in providing humanitarian aid to people affected by the crisis.
Delta encourages customers and employees in the U.S. to get involved by contributing financially to the American Red Cross. For those outside the U.S., contributions can be made through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies website.
Delta’s contributions – and those made by Delta people, customers and others – are used for humanitarian relief efforts, including the following from the American Red Cross:
- Distributing more than 90,000 food and hygiene parcels to families on the move across Ukraine, including Mariupol.
- Providing first aid training to more than 12,000 people in metro stations and bomb shelters.
- Delivering more than 32 tons of food, blankets, medicine, medical supplies, trauma kits and household items.
- Assisting with the evacuation of people with disabilities.
- Distributing critical care items to over 7,000 people seeking safety from shelling in bomb shelters.
“The most important way to help is financial giving, as the American Red Cross and the Global Red Cross Movement have the resources and infrastructure to obtain and deliver goods, supplies and trained volunteers to the places and people that need it most,” said Tad Hutcheson, Delta’s Managing Director of Community Engagement.
The current needs are tremendous, with the most critical including water delivery, support to health facilities and medical care for families wounded, according to the American Red Cross, which is Delta's longest-standing nonprofit partner.
The partnership has allowed the airline, its customers and employees to help people in need worldwide since 1941. This contribution is in addition to Delta’s $1 million grant to the American Red Cross as an Annual Disaster Giving Program partner. For more information on the services of the Red Cross and how they are responding to this crisis, please visit redcross.org.
Delta donates bedding, amenity kits
Delta employees in Europe are offering their support for relief efforts. Delta Airport Customer Service staff in Europe, and at the airline's European hub at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) have coordinated the donation of Delta One products including bedding, pillows and amenity kits. The donations were delivered to the Paris airport authority, which is managing the Ukrainian Welcome Center at CDG's Terminal 2A.
"Our people's hearts are big, and their desire to offer support to these refugees is boundless," said Delta Station Manager Bruno Varillion. "Many of them escaped the conflict in Ukraine with little more than what they could carry. We hope these items offer some comfort as they arrive in Paris."