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Mankato Charities

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The holiday season may be over, but there is always a need to give.

The Greater Mankato area has always been a generous community, and this holiday season looks to continue that trend.  The United Way of Greater Mankato is about 88% of the way to their goal of reaching 2 Million dollars.  This goal is 2 percent higher than the goal set last year.  The collections started in September and will fund over 60 programs in the area.

Laura Bowman, President of the Greater Mankato United Way, said, "We get out there and really look at what the needs are and what the trends are in our community and make sure that there's not gaps in programs."

Corporate donations were up 6 percent over last year and make up a quarter of all funds.  The other 75 percent comes from individuals.

The Salvation Army also did very well.  They received 98% of their Christmas goal.  Coming in about $6,000 short of their goal of $275,000, the funds will go to a variety of different programs.  The Kettle ringing is the most visible charity the organization does.

Captain Mike Parker of the Mankato Salvation Army said, "This is such a wonderful community and we are just grateful that they came and supported us again this year in a very generous way and we are just excited about going into the New Year."

The giving season started slow for them, but they had great final push with $10,000 on the last day.

Last year the Salvation Army rang in about $280,000, but that was due to a very large donation that can't be counted on yearly.

Both organizations help people in a variety of different ways in the Greater Mankato Area.