Winn-Dixie Stores announced that customers can help their neighbors affected by Hurricane Katrina by simply donating at checkout whenever they shop.

Winn-Dixie is implementing its "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" program in all its stores as a way to assist the American Red Cross' Disaster Relief Fund to benefit storm victims. The program, which began this week, is a convenient way for customers to help victims impacted by Hurricane Katrina.

When a Winn-Dixie customer is checking out at the register, he or she may donate directly to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by simply telling the cashier how much they want to add to their total bill.

Hurricane Katrina hit South Florida Aug. 25-26, damaging homes and businesses along its path, leaving an estimated 1.5 million residents in Broward, Dade and Monroe counties in Florida without power or dealing with storm damage. The hurricane strengthened as it cut across the Gulf of Mexico and lashed the coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. The powerful storm caused massive damage from wind and rain more than 100 miles inland from the Gulf Coast.

The American Red Cross provides immediate response in more than 70,000 disasters each year through its Disaster Relief Fund.  Disasters include fires, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and tornadoes. Contributions to the relief fund are used to provide food, shelter, counseling and other assistance to victims, as needed.

For information, visit www.winn-dixie.com.

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