A World War II veteran from Clarks Grove, Minnesota, is planning to walk 100 miles to raise money for those who have suffered financially as a result of COVID-19.
As per reports, Mickey Nelson, who will turn 100 in June, has named his endeavor “Walking to 100”.
The Salvation army will receive donations as part of his effort, after Nelson was inspired by the British army veteran who completed 100 laps of his garden to raise millions of pounds for the British National Health Service.
Of his ambitions, Nelson said: “I know that people are struggling, either from the illness or a job loss from all the businesses shutting down.
“I just thought there was something I could do to help.”
The 99-year-old has lived in the same city of Clarks Grove for his entire life, and even still lives in the same house where he was born back in 1920.
According to reports, Nelson maintained tanks in an armored division during World War II.
The Minnesota native decided he simply had to do something after seeing many of his neighbors be furloughed or lose their jobs altogether. He chose the Salvation Army as the charity through which he wishes to raise money.
Lt. Colonel Lonneal Richardson, commander of The Salvation Army Northern Division, said: “We have been working very hard to help those in need since mid-March. Our staff is working overtime and our resources are being stretched like never before.
“But this effort being made by Mickey is truly selfless, and we are grateful for and inspired by his efforts.”
Anyone who wants to donate to Mickey Nelson’s cause can do so at SalvationArmyNorth.org/mickey.
Way to go, Mickey! What a true inspiration you really are. I can only be inspired by your determination and willingness to help.
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