Hy-Vee Customers Help Raise Funds for Derecho Recovery Efforts

by Gina Errico, Green Iowa AmeriCorps Member


On Tuesday, July 20 Hy-Vee representatives presented a check to Trees Forever staff, from proceeds of a round up by customers that occurred earlier this spring totaling $40,533.12. This round up was in conjunction to the Linn County tree adoption that Trees Forever hosted in partnership with Hy-Vee this past May. Through this tree adoption, more than 2,000 trees were able to be planted on residential properties as part of the ongoing derecho recovery efforts. 


Presenting the check are HyVee representatives (far right to left) Jamie Franck, Mary Seely, Kyle Thornsbrough, Kay Kress and Katie Good to Trees Forever staff (far left to right) Kiley Miller, Margaret Birmingham, Shannon Ramsay and Theresa Kurtz.

This tree adoption was one of the many that Trees Forever has conducted as part of the derecho recovery efforts. The purpose of these adoptions is to give residents the opportunity to plant trees on their property at a low cost, courtesy of many generous sponsors. Since the derecho hit last fall, these adoptions have allowed for over 5,000 trees to have been planted on residential properties across Linn County. Plans are underway to continue these adoptions along with other derecho recovery plans such as, grants and plantings, through 2021.

To help us continue our derecho recovery efforts, you can donate to Planting Hope here.


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