Jacksonville UPS driver a good samaritan to vacation family

A UPS driver in Jacksonville turned out to be a good Samaritan to a family in South Carolina who was involved in a traffic accident on their way home from a Florida vacation this month.

When a rogue tire hit their car while crossing the Dames Point Bridge, the Aughtry family reached a gas station at the next exit, met with the Florida Highway Patrol, and waited for a tow truck. Since the vehicle was making annoying noises, they did not consider it drivable.

With the UPS driver Charles Wilson On the way home from work, he stopped at the gas station, saw the family’s dilemma, and offered help. With a little help cutting any dirt that had stuck to the tire and a test drive in the parking lot before hitting the road, the Aughtrys set out to find a hotel room for the evening.

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But not before Wilson offered a prayer for her. His thoughtfulness didn’t end there. After this Katie Ross Aughtry took a picture of Wilson and her husband, ScottWilson gave him $ 50 and told him to use the money to buy dinner for everyone.

You didn’t get Wilson’s name until he left. At home, however, Katie Aughtry used social media to find out Wilson’s identity – and to make sure his team knew about his good deed.

Here is more good news:

Representatives from Bimbo Bakeries USA, Walmart and Tyson Foods visit Feeding Northeast Florida on April 13 to deliver a total of 15,000 pounds of food to the food bank that serves eight counties in the area.

• • Feeding Northeast Florida Walmart, Bimbo Bakeries USA, and Tyson Food partnered with food relief organization Feeding America to receive £ 15,000 of donated food – the equivalent of 12,500 meals.

Representatives from each organization visited the Jacksonville-based food bank on April 13 to deliver the food and tour the facility. The 5,000 pounds of bread and other baked goods and 10,000 pounds of chicken will be given to individuals and families in the coming weeks.

This is the fourth year Walmart, Bimbo Bakeries USA and Tyson Foods are working together to fight hunger across the country. With Feeding America’s food banks struggling to keep up with demand during the pandemic, the three companies expanded their donation to include more food banks, which were particularly hard hit last year.

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“The past year has been particularly challenging, trying to keep up with the increased demand from the community,” he said Susan King, President and CEO of Feeding Northeast Florida. “We’re seeing more families – those who never thought they were in this situation – asking for help. We cannot thank our corporate partners enough for this generous donation in these difficult times. “

The nonprofit estimates that 326,000 people in its eight counties’ coverage area face food insecurity – meaning they don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

Bread bins will be delivered to Feeding Northeast Florida on April 13th as part of a food donation from Walmart, Bimbo Bakeries USA and Tyson Foods in partnership with Feeding America.

• The Jacksonville Chapter of Florida Public Relations Association awarded the highest awards Firehouse Subs and the Jacksonville Port Authority as part of the 2021 Local Image Awards program. The annual “In Search of PR Excellence” competition recognizes outstanding PR programs and promotes and promotes the development of PR professionalism in the greater Jacksonville area.

Firehouse Subs won an Image Award and a Judges’ Award in the Community Relations category, as well as the Division’s Grand-All Image Award for its “Firehouse Subs answers call for warm service” campaign. The Jacksonville-based company’s PR team helped coordinate a five-month campaign during the COVID-19 pandemic, in which franchisees donated 90,000 meals to health care workers and first responders in the US and Canada.

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JaxPort received the Award of Distinction for the virtual special event “JAXPORT 2021 State of the Port”. With in-person events suspended due to the pandemic, JaxPort’s marketing team turned the port’s annual address into a virtual event to take the opportunity to bring the port’s new strategic master plan to a global audience.

• • The St. Augustine Humane Society earned GuideStar’s Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest recognition of the service that evaluates the finances of registered nonprofits.

“The new platinum category recently introduced by GuideStar is promising and exciting for the St. Augustine Humane Society,” he said Carolyn Smith, the executive director of the Humane Society. “Information about the charity’s performance is now more accessible so donors can make better decisions about making philanthropic donations.”

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“Our board of directors and strategic planning committees are excited to present metrics on nonprofits to the public,” she said. “We are pleased to see the results of our programs and services, which show the growth since we started organizing with Guidestar in 1979.”

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