If you’ve traveled internationally on American, you will probably recall the portion of the fight when the cabin crew collects unused foreign currency and coins from passengers to be donated to the UNICEF Change for Good program:
Change for Good is an innovative partnership between UNICEF and the international airline industry. Established in 1987, it is one of UNICEF’s best-known and longest-running partnerships. Currently nine international airlines support the Change for Good program. Thanks to the generous support of customers and participating airlines, the global Change for Good program has generated over $90 million that UNICEF has used to provide a healthier, happier future for millions of children.
In the United States, American Airlines has been the participating airline of the program since 1994. Travelers on select international American Airlines flights can donate unused U.S. and foreign currencies to flight attendants onboard the aircraft to help UNICEF in its mission to reduce the number of preventable childhood deaths from 22,000 per day to zero, or make donations in Admirals Clubs and Flagship Lounges worldwide.
Apparently all that change adds up. Last year American and UNICEF raised more than 1.6 million dollars:
Last year, American Airlines customers and employee volunteers “Champions for Children” raised a record-breaking $1.6+ million dollars through Change for Good on American Airlines. Pound by pound, peso by peso, these collections were raised to support UNICEF’s: relief, rebuilding and recovery programs for children and families affected by the 2010 Haiti earthquake; programs to support children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Latin America; and general programs to support children worldwide.
And today American is recognizing employees and passengers with a celebration at JFK. From the UNICEF blog:
On Wednesday, March 9 at 10 am, travelers can join with AA in a special “Thanks a Million+” celebration at New York’s JFK Airport in Terminal 8 to commemorate this milestone fundraising achievement. AA will treat its customers to giveaways and have a special ceremony to extend its thanks and recognition to customers and employees for raising a record-breaking $1.6+ million for UNICEF in 2010.
To learn more about American and their partnership with UNICEF or to make a donation, go here. And have fun if you’re passing through JFK today.