September 05, 2014
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Floral associates at store No. 552 in Panama City, Florida, created a special flower bouquet, right, filling an order for a member of the armed forces to give his daughter. When his wife picked up the order, she saw a note (left) explaining that the bouquet was being given free of charge. ​

It’s been more than four months since Catrina Clement has seen her father, U.S. Airman Master Sgt . James Clement. During her father’s deployment to the Middle East, she has been studying dance and working hard to perfect a special choreographed performance.

After James Clement heard his daughter had earned first place in her category for her solo dance, he wanted to send her flowers to express his love and pride. While doing this may be simple for people who are in the United States, it is not as easy from the other side of the world.

But when the Winn-Dixie team at store No. 552 in Panama City, Florida, heard of the challenges he encountered trying to send flowers internationally, they created a beautiful arrangement of flowers to present to Catrina. When James Clement’s wife, Ann, picked up the flowers he ordered, she saw that the store’s floral associates included a handwritten note that read: “No Charge. Thank you for all you do for our families and country. This is our same payment to you and your family.”

Word of this act of kindness spread quickly throughout the store. While Ann checked out, the cashier thanked her for her husband’s and her family’s sacrifices.

“As a military town, we have great appreciation for the U.S. military and their families,” said Winn-Dixie Store No. 552 Director Johnny Walters. “It’s heartwarming to know that our associates share that same gratitude.”

This act of kindness has spread hundreds of miles and truly around the world. The Clements' family members in Alexander City, Alabama, shared this story with Chris Hall, director of Winn-Dixie store No. 456.

“The entire team of store No. 552 exceeded all expectations making the perfect arrangement,” Hall said. "I can just imagine how Mr. Clement felt sitting in a desert knowing that his wife and daughter were so well taken care of back in the states.”
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