January 24, 2014
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Winn-Dixie store No. 435 Director Newton Beaver, pictured, introduced “Pecans for Autism” in 2011. Over the last three years, Winn-Dixie has raised more than $316,000 for the Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Heath Center in Birmingham, Ala.​

For the third year in a row, Winn-Dixie stores in Alabama sold pecans to help fund a facility dedicated to serving children with autism.

More than 30 stores participated in “Pecans for Autism,” which gave shoppers an opportunity to buy one, two or three-pound buckets of Georgia pecans. All of the proceeds from those sales went to Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Health Center in Birmingham, Ala.

Store No. 435 Director Newton Beaver pioneered the program in 2011, and he has been instrumental in overseeing it throughout the region. This year, stores raised more than $121,000.

“We’ve been so impressed with the success of this campaign over the years,” said Beaver. “Last year, we raised more than $102,000, exceeding our donation in 2011 by more than $10,000. This year, we are offering Glenwood our largest contribution yet. We are honored to support such an important organization when it comes to bringing autism awareness to the community.”

Proceeds help fund Glenwood’s more than 20 programs and services for children, adolescents, adults and families with autism and other behavioral health disorders.

Winn-Dixie stores have raised more than $316,000 to benefit Glenwood through Pecans for Autism. Beaver and other Winn-Dixie representatives will present a check to the organization on Feb. 21.

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