March of Dimes
Supporting March of Dimes
Each spring, customers and associates are invited to donate to March of Dimes, whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. In 2019 the Publix campaign raised more than $5.1 million for this amazing organization, earning us the prestigious honor as their number one corporate partner.
This incredible accomplishment was made possible by our generous customers and passionate associates. We are so proud of our more than 200,000 associates across our company who give of themselves every day in our stores and communities. Our Publix family truly makes the difference, and without them, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve our stellar campaign results. And with the dedication of our associates comes the generosity of our customers. We’ve always said we have the best customers in the industry and together, over our twenty-four year relationship with March of Dimes, we've raised more than $80 million, all one dollar at a time.
We're proud to help support an organization that makes a world of difference to so many families.
As you'll see, that includes our Publix family. Meet the brave children of eight of our associates from each of our divisions and learn how their lives have been changed by March of Dimes.
Micah, 7 years
Son of Meat Cutter
#1061, Atlanta, Georgia
Micah was born seven weeks early due to complications from preeclampsia. When he was delivered, doctors found he was not breathing properly and was significantly underweight at only 3 pounds, 11 ounces. March of Dimes was able to provide the family with a ventilator and feeding tubes. Within 2 ½ weeks, Micah gained ample weight and his lungs developed sufficiently enough for him to go home. Today, 7-year-old Micah is vibrant and healthy with no lasting complications.
Tommy, 12 years
Son of Assistant Customer Service Manager
#526, Evans, Georgia
Tommy’s parents entered the hospital for a planned C-section after a pregnancy that seemed typical. Janet had no risk factors, and the baby’s weight was healthy. When Tommy arrived on Jan. 21, his parents still thought everything was okay. Things quickly changed as doctors noticed the congenital birth defect of cleft lip and palate. He was immediately rushed to the NICU. It was there that resources and guidance from March of Dimes helped the family understand and access the specialized care Tommy needs. Since then, Tommy has undergone 14 surgeries and still faces several more procedures.
Ariana, 3 years
Daughter of Cashier
#1365, Ocala, Florida
Ariana was born a micro-preemie at just 23 weeks, weighing only 1 pound, 8 ounces. At just 4 weeks old, she underwent her first medical procedure to treat a collapsed lung. Ariana spent 137 days in the NICU. Throughout her entire hospital stay, the March of Dimes was there to support the family. Today, Ariana is happy and playful despite her ongoing battle with chronic lung disease and pulmonary hypertension.
Michael, 3 years
Son of Produce Manager
#1011, Palm Harbor, Florida
Michael was born at just 30 weeks because of his mother’s severe preeclampsia, putting him under extreme duress. Doctors made the decision to immediately deliver the baby to save both Michael and his mother. Weighing just 2 pounds and 4 ounces at birth, he spent 6 weeks in the NICU. Through the March of Dimes, the family was able to receive specialized care with a nurse providing 24-hour watch over Michael. Michael is now happy and healthy, continuing to grow and thrive each day.
Sophia, 3 years
Daughter of Customer Service Staff
#1094, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and
#1454, Hollywood, Florida
When Sophia was born nearly 9 weeks prematurely, she was so tiny she needed injections to help develop her lungs. Fortunately, the Cardenas received assistance through March of Dimes. The organization provided an isolette to help maintain Sophia’s body temperature. After a 28-day stay in the hospital, Sophia was able to return home with her family and has now grown into a vivacious and energetic 3-year-old, always smiling and constantly moving.
Kolin and Owen (twins), 2 years
Sons of Assistant Store Manager
#4, The Villages, Florida and
Grocery Retail Improvement Specialist
Kris Phipps, Lakeland Division
At 34 weeks pregnant, Jauqui’s twins were losing amniotic fluids from their sacs. Doctors gave her a series of shots to help develop their lungs before rushing her into surgery for an emergency C-section. The boys arrived safely and, thanks to help from the March of Dimes, spent only three weeks in the NICU because they received shots to help their lungs develop. It was during this time that Kolin was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Because Kolin was diagnosed early, the family was able to begin focusing on his needs.