INTERNATIONAL FALLS, MN (CNN) — A UPS driver in Minnesota is delivering more than just packages. He is battling every element of winter weather to raise money for a food pantry.
The driver’s name is Jason Short.
“I was delivering one day and someone said, ‘Boy you’re crazy, it’s cold out and you’re wearing shorts?!’ And I just thought, let’s see what we can do with this,” said Short.
Short’s love of shorts soon spiraled into a fundraising attempt for the Falls Hunger Coalition.
“I just went on Facebook and said I got a challenge for all my friends out there. Until I raise $1,000, I’m going to wear shorts — no matter if it’s snowing, 30 below, rain, sleet, snow,” said Short.
Once the social media buzz unfolded, people were just handing checks to Short. At last word, he had raised more than $8,000 for the food pantry.
“The comments we would get on our Facebook page too is, ‘We need to dress this young man’ or ‘I don’t know, maybe we want to keep Jason in shorts all winter,'” said Nancy Anderson of the Falls Hunger Coalition.
Short stopped wearing shorts when he reached $5,000 in November. But the donations are still coming in.
“Everyone can use a helping hand once in a while and you never know if the shoe was on the other foot, you never know if you’re going to need something yourself so why not get out there and help somebody,” said Short.