January 17, 2014
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Winn-Dixie store No. 720 Store Director Al James receiving a plaque of appreciation from Capt. Jim O’Brien.​

Winn-Dixie store No. 720 Director Al James’ father spent a career in the United States Air Force, and James was recently able to express his respect for veterans through work with Englewood, Fla.-based Fish’n for Heroes Wounded Warriors, Inc.

Fish’n for Heroes Wounded Warriors provides military veterans with a day of fun, food and fishing at no cost, and James found out about the group from longtime Winn-Dixie customer Jim O’Brien.

O’Brien works with Amputee Veterans of America Support Team, a community of Afghanistan, Iraq and Vietnam veterans and James said he was glad for the opportunity to work with the cause. When O’Brien, a boat captain, asked Winn-Dixie to take part in the next trip, James jumped at the opportunity.

“We are always proud to support local organizations and Captain Jim gave us an opportunity to give back to a deserving group of heroes,” said James. “Our neighbors have been very receptive to our involvement and our veteran associates have expressed their appreciation for helping such a noble cause.”

Winn-Dixie donated water, deli subs and cookies from the store’s bakery to Captain O’Brien and the vets for their latest excursion. On Dec. 5, O’Brien, one of the organization’s co-founders, presented James with a plaque of appreciation for the store’s support.

“I’ve known Al since he arrived at the Englewood Winn-Dixie store and to have his support of our organization is truly spectacular,” O’Brien said. “By donating their resources to help us treat these vets to a day of fun, Winn-Dixie really shows that they are a part of our community and we can’t thank them enough for that.”

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