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Flashback Friday: 30 Years with Ronald McDonald House Charities

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This Valentine’s Day marks the 30th anniversary of our partnership with the Ronald McDonald House Charities.  It’s a relationship that has existed for 30 years in its official capacity, but a cause near and dear to the hearts of many Stations, Departments, and Employees. In fact, before it became our primary charity in 1985, Employees were cooking monthly dinners at the... read more

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When the Path to Freedom Leads Home

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While each Southwest Employee plays a different role, we all have the opportunity to connect People to what’s important in their lives.  I recently took this responsibility to heart and bridged one of Southwest’s Community Partners in Buffalo to an important landmark in our nation’s history—a place that also means something to me because this landmark is located in my... read more

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Herb Collects More Hardware: Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award

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What do John Travolta, Harrison Ford, and Angelina Jolie have in common with our beloved Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Herb Kelleher? They share a dedication to aviation! On Friday, January 16, Herb accepted the Lifetime Aviation Entrepreneur Award at the 12th-annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. Hosted by John Travolta, the awards... read more

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Southwest’s Atlanta Employees Have Open Hearts for Open Hands

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I’m so proud that for the past three years, Southwest Airlines and AirTran Employees in Atlanta have given their time and hearts to Project Open Hand, a nonprofit organization that provides home-delivered meals and nutrition education to those who are chronically ill or unable to prepare meals for themselves. More than 5,000 meals are delivered each day in Atlanta and... read more

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Heart of the Community: We Heart Chicago

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Last April, Southwest launched its Heart of the Community Program to support Placemaking, the activation of outdoor, public spaces in an effort to enhance and strengthen communities. Throughout the year, we’ve selected five projects to receive the Heart of the Community grant to enrich communities we serve around the nation. Today, we announced the University of Chicago’s... read more

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Kids View Thanksgiving Parade From the Porch at Bryant Park

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This is a guest post from Julia Masucci, Director, Donor Care & Administration Make-A-Wish® Metro New York and Western New York. For the second year in a row, our wonderful partners at Southwest Airlines created huge smiles and warm hearts for Make-A-Wish® kids and their families on Thanksgiving Day.  Southwest provided a first-class opportunity to view the Macy’s... read more

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Food From The Heart

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For the past six years, I’ve organized the Southwest Airlines Technology Department’s Annual Canned Food Showdown benefiting Metro Relief, a food pantry located in The Colony.  Metro Relief is unique in that their entire staff is volunteer or self-supporting, so all the money donated goes toward helping those in need rather than paying staff.  Metro Relief provides... read more

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Southwest Celebrates #GivingTuesday by Donating $25,000

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At Southwest Airlines, we believe in giving back year-round, but on Tuesday, Dec. 2, we’re celebrating our Servants’ Hearts with others around the world by participating in #GivingTuesday.  #GivingTuesday is a worldwide movement where charities, families, businesses, communities, and students unite under one common purpose: to give back. Southwest is proud to take part... read more

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Operation Freedom Bird Helps American Combat Veterans Find Healing.

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This guest post from Patrick Ziegert of Operation Freedom Bird originally appeared in the November 2014 edition of Southwest: The Magazine.  Friends in Arms: OFB takes vets to the Vietnam Wall and other war memorials. Operation Freedom Bird (OFB) keeps its annual commitment to helping American combat veterans find healing. In the 1980s, Pat Lynch, a decorated Vietnam... read more

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Kidd’s Kids Fly Away with Our Hearts

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This year was our eighth year supporting Kidd’s Kids, an extraordinary organization that provides chronically or terminally ill children and their families a trip of a lifetime to Walt Disney World.  This year, I had the honor to be the official Southwest liaison to Kidd’s Kids.  From kicking off the fundraising telethon manned by Southwest Airlines Employees several... read more

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