September 27, 2013
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The “Apple Project,” at four Jacksonville, Fla.-area Winn-Dixie stores Sept. 21, raised funds to build a dental clinic for area children and adults who cannot afford dental care.​

Four Jacksonville, Fla.-area Winn-Dixie stores joined forces with Community Heath Foundation and First Coast News NBC 12/ABC 25 Sept. 21 for a special fund-raiser to bring smiles to the faces of the city’s less fortunate.

The “Apple Project” is an initiative to build a free dental clinic in Duval County for children and adults who cannot afford dental care.

First Coast News Anchor Jeannie Blaylock created the program after meeting a woman who, every day, made her own teeth out of bits of cotton and super glue. A “hero dentist” fixed her teeth, helping her to gain the confidence to find a job and enjoy her favorite food, fresh apples.

Jacksonville area Winn-Dixie stores Nos. 174, 167, 123 and 80, donated fresh apples, which were displayed on tables, to solicit donations for the project. Donors received a fresh Winn-Dixie apple for making a donation of their choice. Customers rallied behind the project, donating more than $2,300 during the event. The Weaver Family Foundation is matching these donations, bringing the total to nearly $4,700.

“We love helping the local communities we serve and The Apple Project was a great way to do just that,” said store No. 174 Director Jonathan Hilmo. “It was wonderful to see our customers rally around a wonderful cause to help our neighbors in need.”

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