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Americans step into the breach to help hurricane victims

[ November 20, 2018   //   ]

Many American Airlines Cargo employees took it on themselves to find ways they could help their local communities after Hurricane Michael wreaked havoc in and around Florida in early October.

Recently, the carrier’s Miami team partnered with the American Red Cross to compile packages for those who lost everything in the storms. The group put together more than 5,000 boxes of hygiene kits for families in the area. Because of this collaborative effort, the American Red Cross was able to fill its trucks and send along help to people still staying at local shelters.

Back in 2017 Puerto Rico was cut off from the outside world by Hurricane Maria. American Airlines president Rick Elieson said that, under Operation Puerto Rico Strong, employees an appeal to employees to send relief packages to Puerto Rico at no costresulted in over 4,500 shipments weighing 830,000lbs pouring in.

He also paid tribute to the effort of the carrier’s freight forwarder partners in ensuring that vital cargoes were got to where they were needed.