This post is sponsored by Delta Air Lines
You already know that we’re big fans of Delta Air Lines, but our love for the brand grew even more this summer when we were invited to attend a very special event.
Since 2013, Delta has partnered with the national non-profit KaBOOM! to build 29 playgrounds in cities all over the United States, including Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York City, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Washington, DC. More than 125 volunteers participate in each build to construct a playground in just one day, providing the gift of play to thousands of children across the U.S.
We flew to Boston to attend the KaBOOM! playground build at KIPP Academy Lynn Elementary in Lynn, MA. This school serves predominantly students of color, where almost all the kids are eligible for free or reduced price lunch. Serge, Sean, Ella and I were inspired to hear Principal Eveleen Hsu reminisce on how the school got started in the basement of a church, and has now grown to occupy a modern, expansive campus. What the students have been lacking all this time was adequate play space, but with the help of Delta and KaBOOM! that problem was solved.
During the build day, we were lucky enough to meet two Delta employees who are true veterans of the KaBOOM! builds. Brenda Williams, a Delta Aircraft Support Mechanic at Los Angeles International Airport has participated in 21 builds, while Victor Ricalday, a Customer Service Agent at Nashville International Airport, has participated in 20 builds.
“At first it was just to give back to the community,” Brenda told me, “But once I did the first one I was hooked! The opportunity to come together as a company and give back to community and show that we are more than an airline , that we are family. Not only do we get to see the faces on the children as they get to see their dream come true by the finished playground, we build friendship with our fellow coworkers around the system that last a lifetime.”
Brenda and Victor have become friends by participating in the builds together, and now have a friendly competition to see who can do the most!
“It’s awesome to work for a company that cares and is involved in the community,” Victor explained to me. “After the build everyone I see including myself is exhausted, but with a huge smiles on our face. Everyone feels accomplished, especially having done something that will bring fun and laughter to kids!”
Last year, Delta and The Delta Air Lines Foundation contributed over $50 million through the airline’s commitment to give one percent of its annual income to key charitable organizations in key areas such as health and wellness, education, military and veterans, sustainability, and diversity and inclusion. Delta employees receive an annual paid day of service, which puts over 640,000 additional volunteer hours into communities across the globe.
We came away from this experience with a renewed love for our favorite airline. Plus, Sean and Ella are already asking when and where we can do something similar in our won community! Thank you Delta for allowing us to attend this amazing experience.
About Carmen Sognonvi
Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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