What Being a Champion for Children Means to Me

April 21, 2016

Carmi Daniels, a Miami-based American Airlines Flight Attendant is a “Champion for Children” volunteer who collects currency donations on international flights from American Airlines customers to support UNICEF’s Change for Good program and was recently honored as a Champion of the Year for 2015. 

The Change for Good program on American Airlines and Champions for Children volunteer program has impacted me both on a professional and personal level. For me, it offers the opportunity to give back to the community and play a critical role in giving someone a chance to survive and thrive. I am proud to work for a company that inherently supports the very reasons why we all go to work every day - to live a decent life, to use our skills and talents, and to make money so we may be able to pursue our dreams to reality. It is an added bonus that American Airlines not only believes in spreading our wings to the beautiful sky and wonders of the world but to also build awareness. Currently, there are millions of children around the world that are experiencing hardship and lack access to proper nutrition, safe drinking water, affordable vaccines and other basic necessities that we here in the United States often times take for granted. 

Through the Change for Good Program and Champions for Children volunteer program we as Flight Attendants play an important role to spread the word and take action by collecting donations on international flights and showing our passengers and colleagues that they too can make a difference. 

I have been a Champion for Children volunteer for 3 years and have so many memories. A life-changing experience for me was when I got the opportunity to go on a field visit to Colombia. There I saw first-hand where our collections were going and the impact it was making. Seeing the poverty and lack of basic necessities was heartbreaking. Through their work UNICEF works with the communities to give them hope and restored their dignity. We saw an example of this in Colombia when UNICEF built a toilet and provided access to clean source of water.

I have also been personally touched by UNICEF’s work. Two years ago my country of the Philippines was hit by a catastrophic disaster, Typhoon Haiyan. The devastation was great as there were several villages that were wiped out.  American Airlines and UNICEF responded to this disaster and dedicated our entire collection for a month to help the affected villages.  

I am thankful that American Airlines provides me an opportunity to volunteer as a Flight Attendant while I’m working. I am also thankful that UNICEF gives me so many reasons to not "GIVE UP” and make a huge impact on the lives of children around the world.

Carmi and Kids