Nostalgic America Broward North Dade Issue#3 2013 : Page 73

COBWRA C R O A L I T I O N O F E S I D E N T I A L B A O Y N T O N W E S T S S O C I A T I O N S WEST BOCA COMMUNITY COUNCIL For more information on what’s going on in West Boca, visit the council’s website at Article by Ken Lassiter for COBWRA Communications www.cobwra.org • www.facebook.com/cobwra • www.twitter.com/cobwra Using COBWRA’s Influence to Help People westbocacc.com . I n February 2012, COBWRA emailed a letter to Walmart thanking them for presenting their plans for a new neighborhood grocery store in the Boynton Trails Plaza, where a Winn-Dixie once stood. The letter asked Walmart to donate surplus and out-of-date but still edible food to The Soup Kitchen at 8645 West Boynton Beach Boulevard. The Soup Kitchen (www.thesoupkitchen.org) serves over 260,000 hungry people each year. When Julie Ferreira was appointed the new store’s manager, Michelle Bellaire, Walmart Senior Manager for Public Affairs and Government Relations, forwarded COBWRA’s letter to her. Julie says she was looking to do a community service project before the Walmart store opened in January, 2013. After reading the letter, she took her management team to visit The Soup Kitchen and met Director Enrique Zuanetto. Julie asked what they needed. Enrique replied, “We need turkeys for Thanksgiving.” Julie responded, “Let’s see what we can do.” Walmart management agreed this was a great project. All six of the Walmart Neighborhood Markets in the area joined to collect three pallets of turkeys – over 400 turkeys – for The Soup Kitchen to distribute to families so they had a special Thanksgiving meal. “It was a cool morning last November when we began handing out turkeys and they were all gone before noon,” Julie related. “I cried when I saw one mom with three barefoot kids. Enrique took them inside and found shoes for them. When the mom left with her turkey, she thanked and blessed us. My staff cried with me for her and those kids.” Julie continued, “Thanksgiving meant so much more to me and my family after such an emotional experience.” Boynton Trails Plaza, Military Trail and Boynton Beach Blvd, was built in 1986 and is the oldest in the area. People living nearby missed having a grocery store and looked forward to Walmart’s opening. The full parking lot shows the new store is reviving the plaza. Will Walmart consider a turkey donation for Thanksgiving 2013? “We are working on it,” said Julie. “We are also collecting disposable diapers, baby formula and kids supplies for The Soup Kitchen to give to needy moms. All Walmart surplus food goes to Feeding America.” Thanks to Walmart for helping the needy people in our area. Welcome, good neighbor! Sample delicious cuisine from over 40 local restaurants! The finest wines from selected vineyards! A special event to benefit People Reaching Out to Provide Education and Leadership Thursday • March 21st 5:30 pm -8:00 pm Corner of S. Federal Hwy. & SE Mizner Blvd. • Enjoy Food & Fine Wines • Enter your Dog in the “Best Dressed” Contest • Exciting Raffle Prizes • Westminster Dog Show Judge • Celebrity Judge: Actor Judge Reinhold Royal Palm Place Monument Piazza -Boca Raton ™ ™ ™ Tickets: $30 in advance $40 at the door Purchase online at: www.PropelYourFuture.com For more information: call 561.955.8553 www.nostalgicamericamagazine.com 73

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