ALPA Pilots Give Back This Holiday Season

The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) is the world’s largest pilot union, representing over 59,000 pilots at 35 carriers in the United States and Canada. The generosity of ALPA pilots comes out in full this time of year, and annual charitable drives and events are being planned at many ALPA pilot groups, including at Delta, FedEx, Alaska, and Piedmont.


Delta, for instance, is doing a holiday tie fundraiser sponsored by the Delta Pilots Charitable Fund supporting the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, Wash. Delta pilots are permitted to wear the ties with their uniforms through January 7, 2021. The Delta Pilots Charitable Fund promotes the health, education, and welfare of America’s most valuable resource—children.


At Piedmont, ALPA pilots will wear special “Christmas epaulets” during the month of December to benefit Snowball Express, a Gary Sinise Foundation program that serves children of America’s fallen military heroes. Last year, the Piedmont Veterans Employee Resource Group showed support of Snowball Express with outreach in Charlotte, N.C. Volunteers packed backpacks full of fun things for the kids of Gold Star families to enjoy on their way to Disney World.


And all pilots at ALPA are proud to participate in Pilots For Kids—an international nonprofit organization dedicated to helping hospitalized children. The organization’s primary activity is visiting with and distributing toys to hospitalized children—especially during the December holidays, but due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, most events have turned virtual. At the Washington-Dulles chapter of Pilots for Kids, F/O Julie Callens is hosting a virtual fundraiser and will collect toys and gift card donations on behalf MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. 


In addition, both FedEx and Alaska Airlines pilots sponsor charitable funds that benefit their communities during the holidays and throughout the year:


FedEx Pilots’ Charitable Fund: Provides assistance and relief to youth in communities where FedEx pilots work in the United States.


Alaska Airlines Pilots Charitable Fund: Helps qualified nonprofit organizations serve the needs of youth within the communities of The Alaska Airlines route network in which the pilots live.


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