Union City, Ga – Shoppers and associates at Fayette County Publix stores generously donated $11,596 to Christian City Children’s Village during the annual “Food For All” campaign last December. More than $1.4 million was distributed to 60 nonprofit organizations in Publix’ Atlanta division through the 2016 fundraiser.
Art Durden, store manager of Publix/Tyrone, presented the donation to Christian City saying, “A bullet point in our mission statement is to be involved as responsible citizens in our communities. This campaign allows us to involve our customers and associates in that effort.”
On behalf of Christian City, Len Romano thanked Publix Super Markets for making a difference in the lives of children in metro Atlanta’s southern crescent. “Financial support from the community allows us to care for the children who come to Christian City in great need,” Romano said. “We are grateful to the many individuals, churches, businesses, civic groups and foundations who support our ministry to care for children who are healing, growing and thriving on our campus. The Publix Food For All campaign is an excellent example of a community coming together to provide for children in need,” he said.
Christian City Children’s Village, located between Fairburn and Fayetteville, cares for victims of child abuse and abandonment. The children now live safely in family-structured homes with full-time house parents on the 500-acre campus established in 1965. “We are a nationally-licensed Safe Place agency, which allows us to help identify, recover and restore children who are runaways, homeless, or fleeing physical or sexual abuse,” said Philip Kouns, Chief Operating Officer. “Our ministry strives to give hope to children who need love and support to heal their wounded spirits and thrive.”
The program’s positive impact is demonstrated by an ongoing 100% high school graduation rate among high school seniors at the Christian City Children’s Village. LaVann Landrum, Chief Development Officer, expressed thanks to Publix saying, “Fundraisers like the Publix “Food For All” campaign help us to fulfill our promise to provide life-changing hope through faith, community and care. With an annual operating budget of $3.5 million, every donation counts. We are grateful for each and every Publix shopper who chose to help our children by donating to the campaign.”
About Christian City
Christian City was established 52 years ago when the first cottage for abused and abandoned children opened on Valentine’s Day, 1965. Today, there are more than 1,000 residents, both children and older adults, living at Christian City. The campus includes the Children’s Village, homes for active seniors, a 200-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, a 150-bed assisted living center, and two memory care units for victims of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. For more information or to learn how you can help, call 770-703-2636 or visit christiancity.org.
Publix is privately owned and operated by its 200,000 employees, with 2016 sales of $34 billion. Currently Publix has 1,145 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. The company has been named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” for 20 consecutive years.
PHOTO: On behalf of Fayette County Publix shoppers and the “Food For All” campaign, Art Durden, manager of Publix-Tyrone, proudly presents $11,596 to Christian City Children’s Village. Accepting the donation are (left) Len Romano, President/CEO of Christian City, Philip Kouns, COO of Christian City Children’s Village, and LaVann Landrum, Christian City’s Chief Development Officer.