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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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Employees Help Seniors in Need

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Today, we hosted our sixth annual Meals on Wheels (MOW) Blitz in Dallas, with 398 Employees taking a few hours of their day to run 126 routes, and deliver 1,953 meals to seniors in need. Thanks to the efforts of these volunteers,  the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) saved the costs for the 12 paid drivers who normally deliver those meals.  This means an additional senior... read more

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The Mission Continues: Building a Community Through Service

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Southwest Airlines is proud to support the military and be the official airline of The Mission Continues.  Since 2010, Southwest has donated more than $640,000 in travel in support of their efforts to empower veterans facing the challenge of adjusting to life at home to find new missions serving their community. As an infantryman in combat, your survival depends upon the men... read more

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It Is Our Honor

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In May 2005, six small planes flew out of Springfield, Ohio, carrying 12 World War II veterans bound for the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. This inaugural Honor Flight Tour was the first of many that would allow for over 115,000 veterans to be flown, free of charge, to visit their memorials.  Last Friday, more than nine years later, Southwest Airlines... read more

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Flashback Friday: Flight to Fight Hunger

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Ten years ago this month, Southwest Airlines teamed up with Texas grocer H-E-B to help feed those in need with a program titled “Flight to Fight Hunger.” Landing in six Southwest Cities, a new 737-700 carried more than 1.2 million pounds of food to 18 food banks supplying more than 350 charities throughout the state thanks to the efforts of the two Texas legends. In... read more

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