Pilot raises $1 million for Ukraine crisis relief

Knoxville, Tenn. – Families in Ukraine, as well as those who have already fled the war-torn country, will soon receive additional and much-needed help from Pilot Company, its team members and guests who have come together to raise a total $1,153,000 for Save the Children’s Emergency Relief Fund in Ukraine.

That amount includes 100% of donations collected from customers who rounded up their purchase at more than 650 participating U.S. travel centers and restaurants, and an additional $100,000 giveaway from Pilot Company, according to a press release.

“The devastation in Ukraine is heartbreaking,” said Pilot Company CEO Shameek Konar. “We have seen how our fundraising campaigns can quickly make a difference with the support of our team members and guests, and we are once again amazed by their generosity and compassion. This million dollars will help Save the Children meet the urgent and growing needs of children and families in Ukraine and the region. Thank you to everyone who joined us in this critical effort and to Save the Children for providing lifesaving aid to people fleeing conflict in Ukraine.

Save the Children helps children and families in Ukraine and neighboring countries by distributing food, water, hygiene kits, vouchers and other humanitarian programs. The organization aims to reach 10 million children and their families affected by the Ukrainian crisis. Donations to Save the Children help enable their ability to provide essential assistance, such as:

  • $50 can provide 10 warm blankets for children displaced from their homes
  • $100 helps provide a month’s worth of nutritious food for a family in crisis
  • $175 can provide five families with emergency shelter materials

“Save the Children is extremely grateful for Pilot Company’s support in response to the devastating crisis in Ukraine,” said Luciana Bonifacio, Director of Development, Save the Children. “Funds raised will allow us to distribute essential emergency supplies and, where possible, create safe spaces for children, helping to protect affected children and families in Ukraine and neighboring countries.”

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