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Spreading Kindness through One Million Dollars of Thanks


Throughout Southwest Airlines’ 50th Anniversary year, we’ve engaged our Customers, Employees, and partners to join us in completing a collective one million Acts of Kindness. There was no shortage of Heart in our challenge – everyone truly stepped up to the plate! So many of you supported your communities in impactful ways including volunteering with a nonprofit near to your heart, helping a neighbor with yard work, or donating clothes to a local shelter. Thank you for helping Southwest inspire kindness. It’s because of YOU we completed our goal of one million acts months ahead of schedule!


Our plan to inspire kindness didn’t stop with our millionth act! To keep the celebration going, last month we launched our One Million Dollars of Thanks contest. Nonprofit organizations shared how they would use 100 one-way, domestic e-passes to spread kindness throughout their communities.


We had more than 2,500 submissions, which were judged by more than 160 Southwest Employees. We’re thrilled to share the 52 recipients and highlight the impactful work they do. The recipients will all receive 100 domestic one-way Southwest travel awards; bringing the total donated travel amount to more than one million dollars. The missions of the 52 organizations selected champion groups including children, military members, students, and families in need. Using the donated travel, these organizations will be able to spread kindness in communities Southwest serves, ranging from Hawaii to Dallas to New Jersey!


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At Southwest, we are dedicated to championing communities to lead with Heart and kindness. Whether delivering a meal to a neighbor, cleaning up a park, sending a note of encouragement, or simply a pat on the back, we believe community is more than a place; it’s at the heart of what brings it together.


One Million Dollars of Thanks | Winners

1.     Victory Therapy Center

2.     The HUGS Foundation, Inc.

3.     Friends of Madison County Child Advocacy Center

4.     The Russell Home for Atypical Children

5.     Support The Enlisted Project (STEP)

6.     Florida Literacy Coalition

7.     Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation

8.     Give Kids The World Village

9.     Hearts for Homes

10.  Med Center Health Foundation

11.  Port Aransas Education Foundation

12.  Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation

13.  Cornerstone Foundation, Inc.

14.  Mission Centers of Houston

15.  Peralta Colleges Foundation

16.  Diversity Center

17.  Chi Alpha at The University of Virginia

18.  Open Door Sports Inc

19.  Young Hearts Foundation

20.  Lincoln Hills Cares

21.  Colorado Orthodontic Foundation

22.  SpoofDawg to the Rescue Inc.

23.  Patient Airlift Services

24.  United in Autism (DBA Labeled & Loved)

25.  Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc.

26.  Seeing Higher

27.  Ed Reed Foundation

28.  Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network (TIHAN)

29.  Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana

30.  Friends Foundation

31.  LIFEDesigns, Inc.

32.  HELP of Southern Nevada

33.  Healing Odyssey, Inc.

34.  Miracle Flights

35.  Wheelchairs 4 Kids, Inc

36.  Neighborhood Housing Services of Southern Nevada, Inc.

37.  The WunderGlo Foundation

38.  Whidbey Animals' Improvement Foundation (WAIF)

39.  Road Trip Home Animal Rescue, Inc.

40.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County

41.  Success 1st

42.  Canine Companions for Independence

43.  Connecting Point of Park Cities

44.  Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley

45.  Arnold Air Society, Silver Wings and Angel Flight Educational Fund

46.  Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas

47.  Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation

48.  HealthRIGHT 360

49.  Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, Inc.

50.  Armed Services YMCA of Honolulu

51.  Children's Flight of Hope

52.  Share the Care, Inc


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