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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Hy-Vee, Inc. has contributed $100,000 to the American Red Cross to aid the victims of last week’s tsunami disaster in South Asia.
Hy-Vee executives said the contribution was on behalf of all 220 Hy-Vee and Drug Town stores and 48,000 employees in the company’s seven-state operating area.
"People and organizations from around the world are stepping forward to help, but much more will be needed in the days, weeks and months to come," said chairman Ron Pearson. C.e.o. Ric Jurgens noted that President Bush has asked all Americans to contribute to disaster relief organizations. "Hy-Vee is responding to President Bush’s challenge to help the victims and the nations affected by this tragedy, and we hope our contribution will encourage other businesses and individuals to donate as well."
Hy-Vee’s donation is being made through the Central Iowa Chapter of the American Red Cross, and will go to the Red Cross’s International Response Fund. Contributions to the fund are being used to send food, supplies, equipment and trained disaster relief personnel to Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and other areas affected by the tsunamis. The Red Cross workers currently in the area are experts in family tracing, water and sanitation, logistics and mental health.
The employee-owned Hy-Vee operates 220 retail stores in seven Midwestern states. In 2004 the company recorded $4.6 billion in sales, ranking it among the top 15 supermarket chains and the top 30 private companies in the United States.