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-year relationship with March of Dimes, we've raised more than $75 million, all one dollar at a time.
When the campaign comes to a close, many Publix associates lace up their walking shoes and head outside to join the organization's largest fundraiser, March for Babies. 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. Here are the stories of six associates' brave children or relatives whose lives were touched by March of Dimes as we told their story a few years ago. Let's learn where are they now.
Sterling, 10 years
Nephew of Store Manager Christi Nelson
#1185, Madison, Alabama
We met Sterling back in 2017 as a lively second grader who loved to read and study science. 38 weeks into his mom’s pregnancy, doctors discovered that instead of three umbilical cord vessels, he only had one. As a result, he was born with a malformed heart and underwent corrective open-heart surgery at 6 months old. Sterling is now a healthy fourth grader who loves animals and his Nintendo Switch. He also plays Little League Baseball and likes to go swimming in a pool or at the beach.
Nicholas, 10 years
Son of Seafood Specialist Mark Matthews
#587, Columbia, South Carolina
Nicholas was born at 24 weeks, weighed 2 pounds and measured 13 inches long. Due to his prematurity, he is severely delayed, is deaf and has severe sensory issues. When we met Nicholas in 2014, he was 4 years old and could almost sit up on his own. Today, as a 10-year-old, he continues to grow cognitively and physically. He can walk with assistance and enjoys horseback riding. He is a happy child with a love for people and animals. Mark credits the March of Dimes with saving and enriching his son’s life.
Amari, 10 years
Daughter of Customer Service Team Leader Latasha McLemore
#522, Savannah, Georgia
Amari was born via emergency C-section at only 24 weeks. Doctors said she wouldn’t survive due to her extreme prematurity. But she proved doctors wrong. When we first met Amari in 2015, she was a 5-year-old kindergartener with a personality bigger than herself. Today, she is thriving in fourth grade, loves reading, and art is her favorite subject. She likes running and hopes to run track someday.
Juliet and Jackson (twins), 7 years
Grandchildren of Cashier Jim Gray
#1088, Tampa, Florida
Juliet and Jackson were born six weeks early, and each has overcome health issues. When we met them back in 2014, both were happy, healthy 1-year-old toddlers who were meeting their developmental milestones. Today, the twins are active first graders. Jackson likes playing video games and T-ball, and Juliet loves animals and playing soccer. The family thanks the March of Dimes for simply being there for support during the first few weeks of their children’s lives.
Alexander, Sabrina, and Zachary (triplets), 9 years
Sons and daughter of Store Manager James Gooze
#1454, Hollywood, Florida and
Dayana DiGiuseppe, #0528, Pembroke Pines, Florida
Born at 34 weeks via C-section, the Gooze triplets were stable and making progress. Sabrina and Alexander stayed in the NICU for three weeks. However, the doctors quickly determined that Zachary would need emergency surgery to insert a feeding tube because of a birth defect in his esophagus. When we met them back in 2010, the triplets were 8 months old, meeting their developmental milestones. Today, these active 9-year-olds are health fourth graders with no more developmental concerns. They have a very special bond and love spending time with each other as well as reading books, playing video games and riding their bikes.
Olivia and Amelia (twins), 5 years
Daughters of Manufacturing Business Delivery Manager
Lakeland Produce Warehouse
Olivia and Amelia were born at 30 weeks and were rushed to the NICU and hooked up to ventilators. The March of Dimes’ research and treatment helped the girls gain strength while they were in the NICU. When we met them in 2014, they were only 3 months old and were still being monitored by specialists. Fast forward five years, and both are growing and developing as expected. They both love playing the piano and while Olivia likes dressing up as a princess, Amelia loves outdoor activities like running and biking.