Timothy Legeros is a Domestic Flight Attendant with American Airlines, based in Boston. He decided to become a “Champion for Children” volunteer for the Change for Good program after a personal battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. The support of his fellow flight attendants left him with a longing to repay the kindness and generosity that had been given to him. Helping raise money for Change for Good on American Airlines has given him an outlet to “pay it forward” to others who are less fortunate.
Last week I was fortunate enough to attend UNICEF’s annual “Snowflake Ball” in New York City at which they honor those who continue to support UNICEF’s mission of saving children’s lives. Not only was there an opportunity to raise money and much needed items for the field (a pickup truck, motorcycles, solar powered refrigerators for medicine, etc.) but we were able to hear from those most involved as to what an impact the money raised is making.
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Timothy Legeros at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball.
To be in the company of so many people who are collectively committed to ending the needless death of children was truly an honor. I would have felt a little out of place sitting amongst corporate sponsors and large donors had we not been informed earlier in the day that American Airlines flight attendants had just surpassed $1 million dollars in collections for 2009, and the year isn’t even over!
Sitting there, I realized the enormity of what we as “Champions for Children” have accomplished”one flight at a time, one bag at a time. I am proud to work among so many who share the same enthusiasm for this important program. Although UNICEF is making a difference, there is still a lot of work to be done. I invite you to join us today and help us bring the number of preventable child deaths to zero.