A Million plus thanks to Champions and American Airlines customers

April 13, 2011

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social@unicefusa.org

Hi, this is Lynette Erskine and I am a "Champion for Children" for UNICEF's Change for Good program on American Airlines. As an American Airlines flight attendant based at New York's JFK Airport, I am able to volunteer my time while on the job to collect donations of foreign and domestic currency from AA customers to help UNICEF save children's lives, which is something that is very near and dear to my heart.

Hi, this is Lynette Erskine and I am a "Champion for Children" for UNICEF's Change for Good program on American Airlines. As an American Airlines flight attendant based at New York's JFK Airport, I am able to volunteer my time while on the job to collect donations of foreign and domestic currency from AA customers to help UNICEF save children's lives, which is something that is very near and dear to my heart.

Lynette Erskine is an American Airlines Flight Attendant based at John F. Kennedy airport and a proud "Champion for Children" for UNICEF's Change for Good program on American Airlines.

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 Champion for Children flight attendants, Valerie Joyner (left) and Lynette Erskine (right), celebrate the record-breaking $1.6 million raised in 2010 through UNICEF's Change for Good program on American Airlines.

Hi, this is Lynette Erskine and I am a "Champion for Children" for UNICEF's Change for Good program on American Airlines. As an American Airlines flight attendant based at New York's JFK Airport, I am able to volunteer my time while on the job to collect donations of foreign and domestic currency from AA customers to help UNICEF save children's lives, which is something that is very near and dear to my heart.

Recently, it was announced that more than $1.6 million was raised in 2010 through the Change for Good program on American Airlines. This was very exciting news, especially because this amount is a record contribution for the program. In 2009, more than $1.2 million was collected through Change for Good, and that itself was a record. It is so wonderful to have helped make 2010 another successful year of collections.

I am proud to report that the 2010 collections will support UNICEF's mission to provide children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more.  Champions elected for the donations to be allocated to specific initiatives, including those that provide help for children and families affected by HIV and AIDS in Latin America; support for children affected by the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake; and support for UNICEF's lifesaving programs around the world.

To celebrate this accomplishment and thank American's customers and employees for their support, American Airlines and UNICEF hosted a special "Thanks A Million+" celebration at JFK. During the celebration, flight attendants and Admirals Club employees who are Champions for Children helped decorate the celebration area with balloons, Change for Good posters and handmade cards, and the program's mascot, Super Coin.

Fellow Champions and I encouraged customers who were passing by to donate their spare change, and shared the good news about raising $1.6 million in 2010. We also participated in a lovely ceremony, during which Champions presented an oversized check to Caryl Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, on behalf of all customers' and Champions' donations in 2010. After the ceremony, everyone enjoyed cupcakes with "Thanks A Million" written on the blue frosting. We were also able to give away little gifts that were donated for the celebration. We gave out teddy bears, coupons, luggage tags and blankets to customers who walked by our table. It was such an enjoyable day for such a great cause.

The Thanks A Million+ celebration was very exciting and made me proud to be a Champion for Children. We are so grateful to our wonderful customers for their continued donations that helped us reach this incredible milestone and to the guest speakers and volunteers who were part of this great day. It was nice to see some of the people working behind the scenes helping to make a difference. As flight attendants who are Champions for Children and Airline Ambassadors volunteers, we see firsthand the impact that UNICEF makes with the donations, and we are proud to help. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of the celebration.

Let's keep up the great work in 2011 and make it another record-breaking year of contributions!

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