JetBlue Airways and the Providence Bruins Donate Hundreds of Books to Hasbro
- JetBlue continues to support its newest destination with daily service from
T.F. Green International Airport to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale -
PROVIDENCE, R.I., Jan. 17, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I., Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The airline that takes caring
to heart JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) along with its friends the Providence
Bruins and T.F. Green International Airport (PVD) today delivered more than
650 books to the Hasbro Children's Hospital. JetBlue crewmembers joined
players from the city's famed ice hockey team in the hospital's library for a
special "story time" as part of the hospital's Read To Me program.
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The books were donated by generous citizens of Rhode Island via a donation
drive organized by JetBlue. In a fun twist, JetBlue tweeted its location at
the Bruins home arena, Dunkin' Donuts Center, calling on people to bring three
new or gently used books and dress in their best Floridian attire to win
flight certificates and other goodies and enjoy treats from the airline's
partner Dunkin' Donuts. Pictures of the festive faux Floridians can be viewed
"Reading is FUNdamental. We had a great deal of fun with this book drive
culminating with the delivery of so many great reads to these amazing children
here today," says JetBlue's Marketing Manager Ronda Ivy McLeod. "As an airline
that promotes children's literacy with our various Corporate Social
Responsibility initiatives including our national Soar With Reading
partnership with PBS Kids, we're excited to continue to deepen our
relationships with the Rhode Island community and our partnerships with T.F.
Green, Hasbro Children's, and the Providence Bruins."
"The Providence Bruins were excited to partner with JetBlue, T.F. Green and
Hasbro Children's Hospital in collecting books at the Dunkin' Donuts Center
for the Read To Me Program," said Providence Sports + Entertainment Vice
President of Client Services Kevin Boryczki. "Giving back to the community is
important to our organization and our players enjoyed being at Hasbro
Children's Hospital today delivering books and reading to the children."
"On behalf of the leadership and staff at Hasbro Children's Hospital, we are
grateful for the generous contributions of JetBlue, the Providence Bruins and
T.F. Green," says Pamela Murchie Mehr, cause marketing officer for Hasbro
Children's Hospital. "Our patients and their families will benefit greatly
from our partners helping us encourage literacy and the love of reading."
The airline that holds "caring" as one of its core values, JetBlue supports
many causes in the communities in which it serves. Its most recent venture
includes the launch of its seventh annual Light Up A Life campaign in honor of
Monday's National Day of Service. Crewmembers across JetBlue's 75-city network
have joined together to decorate and deliver 2,000 Sweet Cases with community
partner Together We Rise (TWR), an organization that improves the lives of
foster children across the nation. Crewmembers will also adorn 200
SoaringQuilts with SoaringWords, to deliver to children who suffer from
serious illnesses to aid the healing process with creative and educational
JetBlue's service out of T.F. Green International Airport
JetBlue officially took to the skies out of T.F. Green International Airport
on November 29, 2012 with two daily flights to Orlando International Airport
(MCO) and one daily flight to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport
(FLL). Service between Providence and Florida will be operated on the value
airline's fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring many premium offerings,
including a first checked bag free (a), assigned leather seating with legroom
to spare, and more than 140 channels of complimentary live television and
radio on personal seatback screens (b). The airline, well-known for its
superior and personable customer service, also offers a free and unlimited
assortment of name brand snacks and drinks for the ride.
Customers traveling between Providence and Orlando can conveniently connect
onwards to three other cities in JetBlue's route network: Aguadilla, Puerto
Rico; Montego Bay, Jamaica; or Nassau, The Bahamas. JetBlue offers service
from six additional New England airports, including: Burlington, Vt.;
Hartford, Conn.; Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, Mass.; Portland, Maine; and
Boston, where JetBlue is the largest carrier and serves 45 nonstop
About the Hasbro Children's Hospital Read to Me program
The Hasbro Children's Hospital Read to Me program gives children the tools
they need to learn to love reading. Volunteers provide an interesting and
educational activity for children to participate in while they wait to see
their doctors. The volunteers also serve as literacy role models, encouraging
both children and parents to realize the great significance of reading. At
every clinic visit, the doctor gives the child a new book to take home. This
supports the hospital's philosophy that books are important. In the past year,
the program has distributed over 10,000 books to patients.
About JetBlue Airways
JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline™ with other focus cities in Boston,
Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, San Juan and Orlando. Known for its
award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue offers the
most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline (based on average fleet-wide seat
pitch) as well as super-spacious Even More Space seats. JetBlue is also
America's first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights,
with meaningful and specific compensation for customers inconvenienced by
service disruptions within JetBlue's control. Visit www.jetblue.com/promise
for details. JetBlue serves 75 cities with 750 daily flights and plans to
launch service to Albuquerque, New Mexico; Charleston, S.C.; Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania; and Medellin, Colombia subject to government approval in 2013.
With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight
stay is never required. For information call +1 800-538-2583 (TTY/TDD +1
800-336-5530) from the USA, or visit www.jetblue.com.
(a) Free first bag subject to weight and size limits and exceptions for
itineraries including flights marketed or operated by other airlines.
(b) Live satellite TV and radio programming is not available on flights
operating outside the continental U.S. Where applicable, JetBlue may offer
complimentary JetBlue Features™ ^ movies on these flights.
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