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Delta Employees Blanket Salt Lake City Medical Center With Warm Gifts
Date:4/14/2009

SALT LAKE CITY, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing a nine-year tradition of putting a quilt on every sick child's bed, Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) employees today presented Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City a gift of more than 1,250 handmade quilts. Each quilt, inspired from art, culture and entertainment, was crafted by airline employees and other volunteers on their own time.

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"A Quilt for Every Bed" project began as a labor of love in 2001 when a few flight attendants and reservationists started patchworking during breaks between flights. Since that time, nearly 10,000 hand-sewn quilts have been donated to the hospital, which treats children with complex illness and injury. Over the years, the project has expanded to include other Delta employees, their families and friends, and companies that have offered support. For example, Carpenter, a Richmond, Va.-based manufacturing company that produces fiber filling for beds, boxes and flooring, read about the project on a Delta flight and donated the batting material (padding) for all of the quilts. Meanwhile, A.E. Nathan Co., a fabric company, donated more than 100 yards of material.

"To watch this project gain momentum and grow each year has been amazing," said Joanne Smith, Delta's senior vice president, In-Flight Services. "There's a great sense of pride in watching our employees initiate and support such a worthy cause in their community."

With several flight attendants, pilots and airport employees looking on, the quilts were donated today during a ceremony at the hospital. Previously
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