September 20, 2013
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Aventura, Fla. Winn-Dixie No. 291 Store Director Cory Weissman (Right) and Service Area Manager Seven Westbay (Rear center) with delegates from the Teens on Wheels summer camp.​

Winn-Dixie store No. 291 in Aventura, Fla. welcomed 15 girls from the Teens on Wheels Jewish summer camp as part of a yearly community service initiative to raise awareness and funds for the Jewish Community Services Kosher Food Bank.

The event marked the culmination of “Shoshie’s Gift,” a campaign the camper’s implemented in honor of girls’ late friend, Shoshie Stern.

The Teens on Wheels campers complete a group mitzvah, or good deed, each summer and named their campaign in honor Shoshie’s selfless and caring nature. With donations raised throughout the community, including a $600 contribution from an anonymous donor, the campers set out to stock the food bank’s shelves for the 2,500 families it serves each year.

“We wanted to honor our friend in a way she would be proud of and also symbolize her personality,” said Teens on Wheels member Alex Brady. “Shoshie was a very kind and caring person, so being able to help thousands of people with our project was a great way to honor her.”

After a scavenger hunt style shopping spree, the Teens on Wheels group purchased $2,596.46 worth of kosher products for the JCS Kosher Food Bank. Customers shopping in the store generously donated more than $90 toward the project when learning about the teens’ cause.

“We are always privileged to work with great partners like Teens on Wheels and Winn-Dixie, but this project is especially significant because of the passion these kids have for remembering their friend,” JCS Kosher Food Bank Coordinator Bonnie Schwartzbaum said. “Thanks to Winn-Dixie and Teens on Wheels, many South Florida families will be touched by ‘Shoshie’s Gift’.”

After the groceries were packed, Store Director Cory Weissman presented Shoshie’s mother, Denise, with a flower arrangement as a token of commemoration for the project her daughter inspired. Weissman says he was proud to be a part of honoring Shoshie’s memory with her friends and family.

“Being a part of such a touching and inspirational project is something I will treasure for years to come,” said Weissman. “This wonderful project has a tremendous impact on the entire community.”

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