American Airlines Donates $50K to Pittsburgh After Synagogue Shooting

Oct 30, 2018

American Airlines announced Tuesday it has donated $50,000 to the Pittsburgh community following the tragic shooting that left 11 dead at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

Half the money will go to the temple, and the other half will be donated to the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh’s “Our Victims of Terror Fund.” The collected funds support psychological and counseling services, families, reconstruction, additional security throughout the community, medical bills and other services that may be needed in the future.

“American has been serving the Pennsylvania community for nearly 80 years, and we want to do our part to ensure members of the synagogue and affected Pittsburghers have access to the resources they need to care for those impacted,” AA’s Chairman and CEO Doug Parker said in a statement.

American has nearly 10,000 employees in Pennsylvania, and the airline accounts for 70% of Philadelphia International Airport’s (PHL) traffic. Out of the 504 daily departures across eight cities in the state, 47 come from Pittsburgh.

AA also supports the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance, which teaches the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference. Additionally, the airline started working with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in 2017, which is an organization that fights against hate, bias and bigotry.

Southwest and United Airlines are also making relief efforts. Southwest said its Emergency Response and Community Outreach Teams are working directly to address any needs that they can support. Additionally, United said they are working with the FBI Family Assistance Center and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh to provide round-trip international and domestic flights for the families of families of the victims to attend memorial services for their loved ones. TPG reached out to JetBlue and Delta but did not receive a comment by time of publication.

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