A 100-year-old Minnesota man has accomplished his goal of walking 100 miles in an effort to raise money for the Salvation Army amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Mickey Nelson, of Clarks Grove, started the 100-mile journey in May, just ahead of his 100th birthday on June 27. The World War II veteran's goal was raise as much money as possible for the Salvation Army's Feed the Hungry campaign, and he's certainly done that.
As of Tuesday morning, Nelson's mission had raised in excess of $107,000 – well beyond expectations that began with him requesting donations of $1 or $10, or whatever a supporter could afford.
"During the Great Depression, my family always had enough food to eat. My folks were frugal, grew and preserved fruits and vegetables and there were opportunities to hunt and fish," Nelson said at the outset of his walk.
"Today many people are going hungry in our area and all across the USA. Life is a lot different than when I was young – many people live in apartments and have no garden or ways to get food. Some are single parents with young children. This is heartbreaking to think about in a great country like ours. The Salvation Army is helping people every day."
Nelson completed his walk last weekend, with the Star Tribune reporting that he was greeted with a celebration at his home, which he's lived in his entire life in the southern Minnesota town.