JFK Airport’s Terminal 4 Transforms Spare Change Into Charitable Donations

Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport – one of the world’s most active air terminals, with over 21 million annual passengers passing through its doors – raised more than $87,000 in coin donations throughout 2016. JFK International Air Terminal (JFKIAT), the company which operates Terminal 4, partnered with concessions operators to set up more than 30 coin collection boxes throughout the terminal at cash registers and in high traffic areas of the building. Eye-catching signage is used to encourage passengers and staff to donate loose change to various charities.

With majority of passenger traffic bound for international destinations, Terminal 4’s coin collection boxes often contain currencies from all around the world. Travelex, Terminal 4’s currency exchange service, converts the foreign coins into US currency each month, waving their exchange fees. The funds collected were donated to multiple causes, including:

  • American Cancer Society;
  • City Harvest;
  • Boys and Girls Club of Metro Queens; and
  • Safe Haven, A Safe Place For Babies

“Terminal 4 and our employees are committed to giving back to the community, and these donations are just one of the many ways we are able to do so,” said Gert-Jan de Graaff, President and CEO of JFKIAT. “Our passengers were extremely generous last year. We appreciate their contributions to T4’s fundraising efforts and look forward to even more giving back in 2017.”

These donations are a part of Terminal 4’s broader corporate giving program, which aims to develop the future workforce and promote success. The charitable contributions received by T4 address critical issues and needs by providing financial assistance, services for veterans, nonprofit organizations for health and human services, education, and the environment.


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