In 2009, two Delta Air Lines flight attendants, Carla Soto Mitchell and Laura de Alonso, were on a layover in Lima, Peru when they met Miguel Rodriguez Candia. Miguel runs Sagrada Familia, an orphanage for 800 children located an hour outside Lima. Lima was a regular trip for them, and the duo decided to use their job to positively impact the lives of needy children in the cities they regularly traveled to.
Back home in Atlanta, they collected donations of clothing and books (and even cellos!) by asking friends and family to part with what they didn’t need. They asked their colleagues to help cook beef and scoop sour cream for their Nachos for Niños fundraisers they held in the employee break rooms in the Atlanta airport. They asked friends of friends to help bring the cash and material donations down to Lima which were looked after by the concierge at their crew hotel.
Each December, Carla, and Laura would rally the troops of volunteers (including the pilots and flights attendants from their flights) to fly down to Lima to throw a Christmas party for the kids.
In 2014, Delta’s own CEO stood behind this employee grassroots project with the mission to provide health, wellness, and education in the communities that Delta serves. And thus, Caring Crew was born.