Rising prices, concern about the fiscal cliff, and unexpected donations for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts have left the annual Salvation Army fundraising campaign short of its goal... not just in Mankato but across the region.
Local Red Kettle donations are good, but direct mail and other donations are down... yet the number of people getting help from the Mankato Salvation Army is up, according to Captain Mike Parker of the Mankato Salvation Army.
The number of families needing food and other assistance has increased, as has the number of homeless men who are use the shelter for a place to get out of the cold and eat, sleep, wash their clothes, and get a shower.
Mankato Salvation Army officials say they will help anyone who is in need and comes to them for help, and they hope the community will help raise the funds it takes to help those in need.
Just Monday, 839 boxes of food were prepared for families in need (below). Captains Mike and Cindy Parker (right) oversee the Mankato Salvation Army services.