MN Vikings coach Mike Zimmer visits The Salvation Army, donates backpacks (video)
Written by Julie Borgen, Twin Cities Media Relations Director for The Salvation Army Northern Division
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.
“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.