October 17, 2014
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Winn-Dixie store No. 318 Store Director Jose Llanes (font, blue shorts), and Customer Service Representatives Willie Comas and Frankie Hernandez (far right) join a group of volunteers to clean up Virginia Key Beach.​

Winn-Dixie store No. 318 Store Director Jose Llanes, and Customer Service Representatives Frankie Hernandez and Willie Comas joined Volunteer Cleanup to help pick-up trash along nearby Virginia Key Beach Aug. 23.

The group combed the shoreline for several hours, collecting 26 bags of debris that weighed more than 650 pounds.

Volunteer Cleanup founder, Dave Doebler, who schedules beach clean-ups throughout Miami-Dade County, asked Llanes and his team to join his organization in the effort. Llanes said he took immediate interest in the group’s activities, seeking to keep Key Biscayne’s renowned beaches that draw residents and visitors to his store clean and presentable. He shared his excitement for becoming more involved in the organization’s activities, welcoming associates to join him in the effort.

“It’s important for us to be a part of organizations that strive to make our community a better place,” said Llanes. “Being hands-on for such a tremendous cause was an eye-opening experience, and the amount of trash we collected is a clear sign of the impact we made to keep our beaches clean.”

Along with providing a helping hand throughout the Saturday morning activity, Winn-Dixie provided hats, shirts, water and sandwiches for all of the volunteers. Doebler says he’s proud he has a corporate neighbor that shares his dedication to keeping local beaches pristine.

“Winn-Dixie really showed their commitment to our beachfront communities with their generous support,” Doebler said. “It means the world to us that we can count on a local business to provide support for our cause, including being on the frontlines with other volunteers.”

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Willie Comas (left) and Frankie Hernandez (right) help to make Virginia Key Beach cleaner for residents and visitors.

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Jose Llanes joins two volunteers during the beach clean up.

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