January 03, 2014
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Winn-Dixie store No. 757 Store Director Donald Durham and Santa Claus during a visit to the store on Thanksgiving.​

The Grinch was nowhere to be found at Winn-Dixie store No. 757 in Plantation, Fla. as Store Director Donald Durham and his team welcomed festive activities to help spread the joy of the holiday season. On Nov. 28, Durham welcomed Santa Claus to his store to kick-off the holidays and continued the celebration on Dec. 14 as the Our Savior Lutheran Church and School student chorus performed carols inside the store.

Before heading to a local children’s hospital to help lift holiday spirits, one of Durham’s customers made a surprise stop at his neighborhood Winn-Dixie as Santa. Young eyes widened as families and staff had fun with St. Nick while he posed for photos with more than 40 families throughout the store.

“Santa’s visit brightened everyone’s day and really made our customers’ shopping experience special,” said Durham. “It makes us feel really good to know that a customer thought of our store when they wanted to spread some holiday cheer. We are proud to have those kinds of relationships in the community.”

Winn-Dixie continued to bring the joy of the holidays to customers on Dec. 14 with Durham’s continued partnership with Our Savior Lutheran Church and School. The event marked the second year Durham has invited the student chorus to perform some holiday favorites, something Our Savior Lutheran Church and School Music Director Guy Shepherd said he is thankful for.

“My students and I enjoyed coming back to Winn-Dixie to perform for our neighbors,” he said. “Providing these kids with a venue to showcase their talents for Winn-Dixie customers speaks volumes of Donald’s commitment to enriching our community.”

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Students of Our Savior Lutheran Church and School sing holiday jingles at Winn-Dixie store No. 757.

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