By Dianna Dohm
Publix kicked off its “Culture of Caring” campaign by assisting Marco’s hometown organization, Bedtime Bundles, with its semi-annual Spring Food Drive. Together, Publix staff and Bedtime Bundle volunteers collected over $8,500 of bagged groceries for migrant children, their families and the underserved of Collier County.
Publix manager Hugh Hackett and his assistant manager Melanie Cortes worked closely with Karen Saeks, founder of Bedtime Bundles, to develop the contents of the grocery bag which included rice, beans, canned vegetables and fruit. The Marco Island community came out in force to support both Publix and Bedtime Bundles.
“I have never seen a response from the community like we had for this organization,” said Hugh Hackett. Melanie and Karen spent time with the Publix staff to educate them on the mission of Bedtime Bundles. “That bell just kept on ringing all week long. Our cashiers couldn’t stop smiling when customers said add that bag onto my order,” said Melanie Cortes.
There was no delay in getting the food to the needy families. On Sunday, the final day of the campaign, Bedtime Bundles filled a truck with the collected food and delivered it to 6L Farms in East Naples.
The “Culture of Caring” is nothing new to the Marco Island Publix. Melanie Cortes and her staff are always willing to assist the community in anyway possible.
“We could not ask for better community partners. Hugh, Melanie and their staff made the week so much fun. Publix and the community opened their hearts to those who need it the most” said Karen Saeks.
“We are committed to a ‘Culture of Caring’ and Marco Island. This will be an annual event for us,” added Melanie Cortes.