MUSCATINE, Iowa–In ways both big and small, Muscatine’s Hy-Vee stores continue to make a point of supporting their communities. Over the last few weeks, the stores have contributed to both the Muscatine County Freedom Rock project and Muscatine Center for Social Action.
In June, artist and Iowa Representative Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II finished painting Muscatine County’s Freedom Rock, located in Wilton, as a tribute to local veterans. After over a year of planning and work, the Freedom Rock and its surrounding plaza will have their official unveiling Sept. 6.
To continue to lend momentum to the project, Muscatine’s Hy-Vee stores donated $2,000 to the project to add a capstone paver to the plaza. Along with pavers donated by other area businesses, the plaza will include more than 500 bricks dedicated to a current or veteran Muscatine County service member. Hy-Vee’s Tony Tone felt the donation fitting, given the stores’ continuing support for veterans. “The Hy-Vee stores of Muscatine County support all veterans and active military members,” he said: “Having our stores represented is the right thing to do. We’re also proud to employ veterans who proudly served their country and now serve our customers.”
No less monumental than their support for the Muscatine County Freedom Rock, Hy-Vee also made a generous donation of new shoes to the Muscatine Center for Social Action as well as the domestic violence shelter they operate. Tone elaborated, “Hy-Vee General Merchandise manager Brent Kuhlers wanted to make the donation of leftover DSW shoes and sandals to the Muscatine Center for Social Action along with designating some for their domestic violence shelter as well–we know that new shoes and sandals are oftentimes hard to come by for folks in-need.” When MCSA and their domestic violence shelter serve people in need, they work to support them in any way necessary, including providing clean clothing. The shoe donation will go to help many, especially those at the domestic violence shelter, who frequently bring nothing with them.
All together, Hy-Vee donated more than 35 pairs of band new shoes in a variety of sizes and styles to MCSA. As a proponent of MCSA, Tone felt glad that the stores could make a positive impact through their donation. “Hy-Vee has been a longtime supporter of MCSA and the incredible work they do for our community,” he shared. “We’re thankful to Scott Dahlke and always looking for ways to support their efforts.”