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The organizers of Pile It On are ready to make an impact at this year’s North Mankato Fun Days parade. The group of volunteers collects cash and non-perishable items for the ECHO Food Shelf each year during the North Mankato Fun Days parade. This year, the parade is on Saturday, July 13th starting at 11 am.

The Fun Days parade is always filled with excited spectators along the route, this year more than 30 volunteers will walk in the parade using Target shopping carts, boxes, and buckets to collect donations. We look forward to the public’s help again this year as we Pile It On for the Echo Food Shelf.

“Every donation counts, no matter what size,” said Jeff Lang, organizer of the Pile It On. “Bring a few non-perishable items or dollars to the parade this year!”

The Pile It On tradition started in 1993 and over the years has collected over 78,000 pounds of non-perishable items and over $50,000 in cash donations. Local organizers include: KEYC News 12 and FOX 12 Mankato, Snell Motors, Target, and Radio Mankato stations including KTOE, KXLP, KATO, KDOG, KXAC, and The FAN. Additional support is provided by Mayflower.