MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - The Mankato Salvation Army has reached its $500,000 goal during its annual Red Kettle Campaign.
The campaign looked a little different this year. In light of the pandemic, the organization had fewer bell-ringers and a shorter time window for giving. Despite the setbacks, new touch-free giving options were made available, and the community came together to rally support.
“We know we wouldn’t be anywhere without the support of our community. We know we wouldn’t be anywhere without the willingness to be open to the businesses, you know, and then again, them allowing us to have a presence in front of their stores. So, it’s just a great community effort,” said Lt. Andy Wheeler.
The $500,000 goal was an unprecedented amount, which made crossing the finish line that much more special.
“I’m blown away. I knew this community was good seconds after we arrived, but I had no idea just how good this community was until we saw some of this resolve. There’s probably not a better word to describe it. We’re flabbergasted,” Wheeler added.
The profits from the Red Kettle Campaign will go towards furthering the Salvation Army’s mission to serve the impoverished by meeting their physical and spiritual needs.