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Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer at The Salvation Army

MN Vikings coach Mike Zimmer visits The Salvation Army, donates backpacks (video)

Added on Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Written by Julie Borgen, Twin Cities Media Relations Director for The Salvation Army Northern Division

Roseville, Minn. – Minnesota Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer visited the W. 7th St. Salvation Army in St. Paul today to donate 80 backpacks filled with supplies, on behalf of his foundation.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer at The salvation Army62 of the backpacks were for elementary school kids, with the other 18 filled with supplies appropriate for high school students.

The surprise visit from Coach Zimmer and the backpacks were a big hit.

“This is so awesome!”, several kids said, as they lined up to meet the coach and choose their backpacks.

The Mike Zimmer Foundation was formed to honor the life of Vikki Zimmer, who passed away in 2009. Coach Zimmer’s wife shared his passion for supporting youth in Minnesota.

“We want to better the lives of children in need by helping them chase their dreams and promote a healthy, active way of living that stresses the importance of education, hard work and team work,” said Corri Zimmer White, Executive Director of The Mike Zimmer Foundation.

Mike Zimmer donating backpacks to The Salvation ArmyThe backpacks went to children in The Salvation Army’s summer day camp program, and their Hmong Outreach Program.

“These backpacks and school supplies are a true gift to the families we serve,” said Lt. Col. Lonneal Richardson, leader of The Salvation Army Northern Division. “It’s a blessing to be able to send these children off to school prepared to learn, not worried about how they will afford the supplies they need.”

About The Salvation Army

Since 1886 the Twin Cities Salvation Army has been a safety net for thousands of people, providing food, housing, financial assistance and more, without discrimination. Each year it serves 187,000 people in the metro area, providing food to create 1,000 meals daily and sheltering nearly 900 every night. The Salvation Army relies on 20,500 volunteers who give 160,000 hours of service annually. Please join The Salvation Army by volunteering or making a donation to support your local community.