Mickey Nelson now a nationwide phenomenon

Jun 19, 2020

Mickey Nelson and his “Walking to 100” effort are now a nationwide phenomenon. 

Mickey – who turns 100 years old next week – is walking to raise money for The Salvation Army, with the goal of walking 100 miles before the end of summer. During the past month, his story has been picked up by news outlets all over Minnesota, including the Star Tribune and KARE 11.  

Now, some of the nation’s top entertainment news sources have caught wind of Mickey’s incredible effort. People Magazine published a story about him yesterday, and entertainment reporter Sibley Scoles has interviewed him for an upcoming episode of the TV show Access Hollywood

To date, Mickey has walked 53 miles and his fundraiser has gathered close to $100,000. Donate now.

“This’ll do some good – I’m glad I can do that,” the World War II veteran said during an episode of KARE 11’s Land of 10,000 Stories

Mickey walks at least a mile every day, strolling through the streets of his hometown of Clarks Grove to the post office, his church, and to see members of his family. He chose to support The Salvation Army on the recommendation of his church’s pastor, Jamie Cameron (pictured), leader of First Baptist Church of Clarks Grove.

“All of our area churches work with The Salvation Army – we appreciate what they do,” Cameron said.  

The Salvation Army is using “Walking to 100” donations to fund programs that provide food and basic care for people and families affected by the COVID-19 crisis. 

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