ST. CLOUD - It's getting colder in central Minnesota, which is a big concern for the local homeless population and the Salvation Army as demand for homeless shelters will increase.

Major Lee Morrison with the St. Cloud Salvation Army says a significant increase of occupants in the shelter has already been occurring:

Morrison says the easiest way the public can help the homeless population is by volunteering or donating during the bell ringing kettle campaign this winter.


The Salvation Army hopes to raise $220,000 for the Christmas season.

Morrison adds that there are numerous volunteer opportunities available to help the homeless:

The Salvation Army provides shelter, food and opportunities for homeless families. Morrison says he's always reminded that there are people in need:

Information on how to volunteer for the Salvation Army can be found on their website. You can also stop at their St. Cloud building at 400 U.S. Highway 10 S.