December 09, 2015
From Left: Winn-Dixie Asset Protection Support Alex Ocasio, Zori Ortega, Senior Manager of Regional Asset Protection Christine Cunningham, Asset Protection Support David Bermudez, City of Hialeah Council President Luis Gonzalez, City of Hialeah, Florida Mayor Carlos Hernandez, Winn-Dixie District Director Sergio Benitez, Store No. 201 Store Director Michel Marquez, Store No. 243 Store Director Maria Gonzalez and Store No. 292 Store Director Carlos Delgado.

By Mayra Hernandez

South Florida

As the season of giving thanks and sharing meals around the family table began, BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores joined local leaders and organizations to distribute Thanksgiving essentials to the less fortunate throughout the Southeast.

Before Thanksgiving, Winn-Dixie store No. 366 in Miami and store No. 243 in Hialeah, Florida joined forces with their local community leaders to make sure neighbors in need had a happy holiday. Store No. 366 Store Director Juan Polo joined Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez to donate 250 turkeys Nov. 19, and Store No. 243 Store Director Maria Gonzalez teamed up with City of Hialeah,  Florida Mayor Carlos Hernandez to provide 120 turkeys and assortments of holiday feast essentials Nov. 23.

Associates of Winn-Dixie No. 447 in Anniston, Alabama, embodied the giving spirit as they collected funds for bags of food to be donated to the Community Enabler Developer food banks. The store’s food donations consisted of more than 220 bags worth $5 and $10 each.

Winn-Dixie store No. 2366 in Vero Beach, Florida, and store No. 2349 in Fort Pierce, Florida, shared their holiday spirit by volunteering with the Treasure Coast Food Bank to help distribute basic holiday necessities to more than 500 families Nov. 20. Winn-Dixie’s South Florida Region worked with celebrities Gloria and Emilio Estefan to help serve holiday meals to more than 200 homeless people in South Florida.

Winn-Dixie store No. 2472 in Tampa worked with Molina Healthcare to provide 200 bags of complete holiday meals to those who needed it most. The store donated bag contents including turkey, bread, vegetables and more. Several stores throughout the BI-LO East Region also partnered with Molina Healthcare to ensure families in Columbia, South Carolina; Charleston, South Carolina; and Aiken, South Carolina, could have a Happy Thanksgiving.

To get local kids into the Thanksgiving spirit, BI-LO store No. 5578 in Columbia, South Carolina, joined Palmetto Citizen Credit Union to host a turkey coloring contest. Palmetto Citizen Credit Union representative Wayne Yarborough and Winn-Dixie Store Director Tim Smith honored contest winner Caleb Pennington, who took the event’s top prize.

Winn-Dixie store No. 366 Assistant Store Director Yoel Sosa, Service Area Manager Blanca Romero and Store Director Juan Carlos Polo.

Molina Healthcare distributed more than 200 bags filled with holiday essentials donated by Winn-Dixie store No. 2472 in Tampa, Fla. which was also the location of the first-ever event.

Winn-Dixie store No. 447 in Anniston, Ala.showcases the bags of holiday meal items that were donated to Community Enabler Developer food banks.

Winn-Dixie store No. 292 Store Director Carlos Delgado, left, assists City of Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez in distributing more than 120 bags of Thanksgiving essentials to people who needed it most.

Winn-Dixie store No. 366 Store Director Juan Carlos Polo provides a Thanksgiving turkey to a loyal customer just in time for the holidays.

Winn-Dixie associates from store No. 2366 in Vero Beach, Fla. and store No. 2349 in Fort Pierce, Fla. donated their time to help distribute food to more than 500 families in Florida’s Treasure Coast community.

From left:  Palmetto Citizen Credit Union Representative Wayne Yarborough, turkey coloring contest winner Caleb Pennington and BI-LO store No. 5578 Store Director Tim Smith. 

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