Salvation Army Family Stores in Minnesota and North Dakota temporarily closed its stores Monday.

“We’re taking these steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among our clients, many of whom we consider to be particularly vulnerable,” Lt. Col. Lonneal Richardson, commander of The Salvation Army Northern Division, said in a news release. “At the same time, programs centered on food distribution, housing and emergency assistance will continue to provide help to those most in need.”

Minnesota family stores that are temporarily closing include:

  • Albert Lea
  • Austin
  • Brainerd
  • Cloquet
  • Duluth
  • Fairmont
  • Faribault
  • Fergus Falls
  • Grand Rapids
  • Henning
  • Mankato
  • Morris
  • Owatonna
  • Red Wing

North Dakota family stores that are temporarily closing include:

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  • Grand Forks
  • Jamestown
  • Minot
  • Williston

“The family stores are an important source of financial support for our many programs, but we felt closing them now was necessary and important to protect both clients and staff,” Richardson said. “Regardless, the Salvation Army stands ready to serve as many people as possible, in the safest way possible, now and well into the future.”

The Salvation Army expects more people will need help as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, and they are ramping up food, housing and emergency service programs, a news release said.

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