Delta Air Lines will contribute $500,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in the relief efforts in the Carolinas and surrounding areas as a result of Hurricane Florence, which made landfall in North Carolina last week. The slow moving system dumped record amounts of rain leaving behind severe flooding and widespread destruction.

"Delta stands in support of the people affected by Hurricane Florence," said Tad Hutcheson, Delta's Managing Director of Community Engagement. "We are grateful to have partners like the American Red Cross and to be able to contribute to experts that specialize in disaster response year-round and can help provide immediate assistance to those in need."

This contribution is in addition to the $1 million grant to the Red Cross as an Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) partner. Delta employees and customers are also contributing to the Red Cross in support of disaster response in the wake of the catastrophic flooding caused by Florence.

Delta customers can support the relief efforts for Florence by donating through Delta's customer microsite, created in partnership with the Red Cross. Donations will go toward immediate relief needs for those affected by Hurricane Florence.

The American Red Cross is Delta's longest-standing non-profit partner, which has allowed the airline, its customers and employees to help people in need for more than 75 years. Delta is the largest corporate blood donor to the organization in the U.S., and there is an urgent need for blood in the wake of Hurricane Florence with over 150 Red Cross blood drives being cancelled in the flood ravaged areas.