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Hy-Vee Employee Travels To Assist With Hurricane Relief

Webster City, Iowa
1:51PM    October 10, 2017    Janelle
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Hy-Vee Employee Travels To Assist With Hurricane Relief

At the Webster City, Iowa, Hy-Vee, Peggy Jordan works tirelessly, generating smiles and building lasting friendships with her customers and fellow employees. She’s been there for nearly 5 years.

But her work outside of Hy-Vee is even more commendable. Jordan has volunteered for the American Red Cross for four years. She’s received hours and hours of specialized training to help people after a disaster occurs.

“I started volunteering with the Red Cross because I wanted to help – but a regular person cannot just go into these situations and help,” Jordan said. “So I spent time training and gaining knowledge about the best and safest ways to help people when they need it most.”

After Hurricane Irma hit in early September, Jordan volunteered to travel to Georgia and spent two weeks assisting those affected. It was her second trip for hurricane relief; she also assisted after Hurricane Matthew last October.

“This time, I worked from one end of Georgia to the other,” said Jordan. “I assisted with sheltering, making sure people had important medications and providing them with supplies. I was also there to listen. Emotions are heavy during a time like this.”

Jordan saw the damage firsthand, noting the devastation to homes and people’s lives. After working 50+ hours for back-to-back weeks, Jordan returned to Webster City.

Her customers were happy to see her.

“My customers are proud, which is a great feeling,” Jordan said. “I’m grateful to my store and my coworkers for covering shifts so I was able to go and assist through the Red Cross.”

Jordan volunteers locally, too. She has been instrumental in generating involvement in the Smoke Alarm Campaign in Fort Dodge, Iowa, which to date has helped save eight lives.

Her work ethic and constant good humor make her well-loved at both the Red Cross and Hy-Vee.

“She is a fantastic employee, loved by customers and employees,” said Aaron Tacker, store director at the Webster City Hy-Vee. “We are lucky to have her in our community.”