UPS Driver Raises Money for Local Food Shelf

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A UPS driver in International Falls is delivering more than just packages, he is paying it forward.

Jason Short battled every element of Winter weather to raise money for a local food shelf.

The man in the big brown truck is a well-known guy in the Ice Box. 

“He is a pretty popular young man in our area, people really like him,”said Nancy Anderson, with the Falls Hunger Coalition. 

Jason Short is the epitome of service with a smile.

“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, ‘Lets 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. 

One thousand dollars quickly turned into $7,192. 

Short stopped wearing shorts when he reached $5,000 in November. 

“This has reached so far. I have friends all over the United States that are donating,” explained Short. 

So just why did Short want to donate his efforts, time and money to the food shelf?

He said it’s all about paying it forward in life. 

“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. 

Falls Hunger Coalition has been around since 1988. 

It serves between 200-300 household every month. 

The extra money Short raised will be used to buy more proteins and fresh produce. 

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