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Fundraising teen sleeps outside every night for a year

MINNESOTA – Friday was the final night a Hermantown, Minnesota teen would sleep under the stars after sleeping outside for 264 days already.

It started as a personal challenge for Rudy Hummel.

But soon after, the 17-year-old realized he could help people with the project.

He decided to make it a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity, saying there are a lot of homeless people who don’t have a choice about sleeping outside.

He also made it a fundraiser for a bird observatory.

Hummel asked people to pledge money for each night he spent outside his house.

Initially he has a less ambitious goal.

“This was too easy, I’m going to go for a whole year, which I knew I could do, because I had done winter camping in Scouts before and if it ever became a safety concern, the house is right there,” he said.

Hummel slept outside through the coldest winter in Northern Minnesota in 139 years.

He said the worst part wasn’t the cold, it was the mice that invaded his snow cave.

Hummel said the biggest take-away from the year is never to lose faith in humanity.


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