December 09, 2015
Winn-Dixie associates Christy Wood, Brent Sellers and Rhonda Hendricks getting ready to serve residents at Semmes Senior Center.

By LaDana Williams

Louisiana and Gulf Coast

The Semmes area Winn-Dixie has a longstanding history of giving back to the community, and that was even more evident on Veterans Day. During the week of Nov. 11, the team at store No. 473 provided great food and a wonderful time to a special group of veterans to show appreciation for those who have served our country.

During the SEG Wall of Honor campaign honoring veterans, district director Lynn Rushing and store No. 473 director Brent Sellers collaborated on a thoughtful idea to give back to local veterans. Sellers and a team of store associates, including team members who have actively served in the military, planned and organized a lunch event for 40 veteran residents at the nearby Semmes Senior Center. The store team wanted to do something special to show appreciation for all that veterans have given.

“Lynn wanted to do something nice for veterans to say ‘thank you’ for their selfless dedication to our country,” said Sellers. “We thought that hosting a luncheon and serving a group of people that had spent so many years serving others would be a great way to give back.”

The team served up a delicious feast, including fried chicken and catfish, baked beans, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw and other Winn-Dixie deli favorites. The event was very special to Sellers because his father, Arlin Sellers, is a Vietnam veteran who was able to take part in the luncheon.

The team at Semmes Senior Center was very appreciative of Winn-Dixie’s efforts. “I would like to thank Winn-Dixie for taking time to show our residents such kindness and generosity,” said Terry Dixon, Semmes Senior Center director. “Our residents are still raving about the great food and the nice Winn-Dixie staff. We are grateful you chose to share your kindness with us.”

Sellers said that Winn-Dixie and the senior center hope to make this an annual event.

Winn-Dixie Store No. 473 director Brent Sellers thanks veteran residents at a recent Veterans Day luncheon.

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