As we pass the one-year mark since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and reflect on its impact, Delta is reminded of how employees have come together to overcome remarkable challenges both inside and outside of the company. This includes the airline’s continued commitment to giving the gift of life through sponsored blood drives in partnership with the American Red Cross – despite the difficulties of conducting in-person volunteer opportunities.
The U.S. Surgeon General, CDC and FEMA deemed blood drives as essential throughout the pandemic, as the need for blood is constant. Throughout American Red Cross’s 2020 fiscal year, which ended in June 2020, Delta hosted 208 blood drives across a record 50 locations and added six new drive locations, allowing Delta to contribute 10,338 pints of blood and remain the No. 1 corporate blood donor in the U.S. for the third consecutive year.
In the 2021 fiscal year, which runs from July 2020 to June 2021, Delta is continuing to sponsor blood drives in partnership with the American Red Cross by hosting more than 250 employee and community drives throughout the U.S. The airline and the American Red Cross are hosting monthly, Atlanta-based drives open to the public in Buckhead (Flourish) and Peachtree City (Crowne Plaza) – as well as at Truist Park in partnership with the Atlanta Braves.
“During these challenging times, it makes me proud to see Delta and our communities come together and roll up their sleeves to help one another,” said Delta's Tad Hutcheson, Managing Director – Community Engagement. “What better way to give of yourself, especially when the need is so great, than to give the gift of life by donating blood.”
In addition to blood donations, Delta is an Annual Disaster Giving Program member at the $1 million level, allowing the American Red Cross to be strategic and proactive in disaster response. The American Red Cross is Delta's longest standing not-for-profit partnership dating back to World War II.
Each American Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control to help keep donors safe. For more information on where to donate, visit RedCrossBlood.org.