March 07, 2014
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Quincy Armstrong with a Winn-Dixie store No. 19 customer. He is shows off wearing a nametag that was scalded when his house caught fire on Feb. 2.​

Feb.2 was a day that Winn-Dixie store No. 19 associate Quincy Armstrong, and his brother Terrance, would probably prefer to forget.

That was the day that their St. Simons Island, Ga. house was destroyed by fire, in a devastating blaze investigators determined started in the electrical box. But Armstrong soon felt the love of his co-workers and community when others learned of the news.

Within days of the fire, his co-workers began collecting money to help him in his time of need. Canisters were placed at every register of the store for donations to the Armstrong family. Within less than a month of the fire, the community raised $9,000 in donations.

“We are trying to do everything we can,” stated Winn-Dixie Store No. 19 Service Area Manager Alana Clark. “We are also contacting and trying to work with Habitat for Humanity to get Quincy a new home built on his property.”

Canister donations were just the beginning of support for Armstrong; the store also held a clothing drive for the family and ended up with more clothes than ever expected. The outpouring of support continued with support of the St. Simons Presbyterian Church, who donated enough furniture to fill an entire home.

With all the generous donations of items and nowhere to put them, Clark worked quickly and secured a storage unit donated for four months so the Armstrong family could store newly-acquired items.

Clark and associates have also found an attorney that will offer services free of charge to help Armstrong with any legal matters surrounding the fire, without home insurance it will still be a long way to recovery for the Armstrongs.

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