Roughly a week after collections would be traditionally ending, the Blue Earth County and North Mankato residents and local businesses gave generously – enabling The Salvation Army to exceed its monumental goal for the 2020 Christmas campaign.


Lt. Andy Wheeler, one of the leaders in Mankato, attributes this success to a community with deep resolve and cheerful hearts.  “This is unprecedented!” said Wheeler.  “So many people helped in such a variety of ways.  This victory goes to the community.”


The Salvation Army was expecting to end the year with a shortfall just a week ago but recent donations have helped the social agency reach its target.  Wheeler credits the extension of the virtual kettles present at HyVee(s) and Cub Foods in town, as well as other giving channels, as the large reasons for the success.


“We believe The Lord spoke to this community and the good folks here ANSWERED,” said Wheeler. “While we celebrate this victory and rejoice in the greatness of this community, we are aware of the need to prepare for another year of unknowns.  Meeting this goal is an incredible start!”


Donations can still be made online at