A thousand personal hygiene kits and 28,000 snack boxes were donated.

By Cailey Rizzo
May 28, 2020
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Credit: Courtesy of American Airlines

Dozens of homeless people in Philadelphia, who sought shelter at Philadelphia International Airport during the coronavirus pandemic, were provided with some much-needed relief thanks to American Airlines this week.

The homeless, who were sleeping in the airport's baggage claim area before being relocated to shelters, were given snack boxes, beverages, and personal pandemic kits from the airline, the City of Philadelphia Office of Homeless Services, and local hunger relief organization Philabundance.

In total 28,000 snack boxes, 1,000 personal pandemic kits, — that included a mask and hand sanitizer — and 27,500 pounds of juice and other beverages were donated. Snack boxes were also distributed to at-risk families around Philadelphia.

“The pandemic has had a profound impact on our livelihoods and our daily routines, but our essential team members are working to do good while keeping Philadelphia connected and moving,” the airline’s vice president of northeast hubs and gateways, Jim Moses, said in a statement. “Today’s donation builds on American’s partnership with the city and Philabundance as they work to provide support to some of the most vulnerable in our community.”

The Associated Press reported that everyone who sought shelter in the airport's baggage claim area was being tested for coronavirus before being transferred to a shelter. The move comes after the airport enforced the rule that only workers and those traveling were allowed to be at the airport.

American has also donated supply kits to New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. The airline has also donated more than 200 tons of food to food banks around the world from its reduced capacity during the pandemic.

Other airlines are doing similar work. United transformed an empty cargo center into a food bank for at-risk families at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport. And Delta donated more than 200,000 pounds of its leftover food to hospitals and food banks around the country.