Pella Hyvee surprises local graduates with gifts

Pella Hyvee Store Manager Kevin Booy surprises recent Pella High School graduate Liam Peefers.

PELLA — Throughout the month of June, Hy-Vee honored high school graduates with surprise, contactless gift deliveries across its eight-state region.

This included deliveries at the homes of four recent graduates: Adrie Fransman (Pella Christian High School), Blaize Kuhlman (Lynnville-Sully High School), Jack Stratton (Pella High School) and Liam Peefers (Pella High School).

Employees from the Pella Hy-Vee recently honored the graduates with a gift including balloons and a custom-designed bakery item, as well as an array of pantry, household and general merchandise items.

The giveaways took place recently as part of Hy-Vee’s Surprise Graduation Giveaway Sweepstakes. The promotion ran from May 18-24. During the contest, nearly 6,000 high school graduates throughout Hy-Vee’s eight states were nominated by friends, families, school district staff or community members.

Nearly 150 winners were randomly selected to receive a surprise graduation gift from Hy-Vee during the month of June. Select markets coordinated local school district staff and friends of the graduate to be at the home to help deliver the gift. All deliveries were made using a contactless method with masks and gloves to keep everyone safe.

“Not only is graduation a celebratory, memorable event for graduates, but for community members, too,” said Tina Potthoff, Hy-Vee’s senior vice president of communications. “During these unique circumstances, it was important to Hy-Vee that we help honor local graduates with a gift, and a surprise, that they’ll never forget.”

The giveaways are one of many ways that Hy-Vee is honoring its local graduates.

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