Teen sleeps outside to raise money for Northland orgainzations

By KBJR News 1

January 25, 2014 Updated Jan 25, 2014 at 7:32 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- What started as a way to use a tree house Rudy Hummel's dad built for him in the back yard, has turned into a way to give back the Northland community.

The 17-year-old Hermantown teen has spent the last 231 nights sleeping outside.

Now, he is doing it to raise money for Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory and Habitat for Humanity.

"I'm seeing if I can get people to pledge money for every night that I sleep outside."

Hummel says he picked those two organizations because he loves the outdoors and wants to help people in need.

"Sleeping outside every night has really opened my eyes to the people who have to sleep outside every night whether they want to or not," said Hummel.

Habitat for Humanity volunteers built an ice house in Fitger's court yard for Hummel to sleep in.

"It's all about raising awareness, folks know that we are here and that we are doing good work in the community," said Daryl Yankee, executive director of the Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity chapter. "Every dollar helps, so it's a great thing for us and we are really happy he is willing to make this sacrifice."

Hummel says the ice house will be a little colder than the ice shack he built at home.

"This is going to be a bit of a challenge because there is no door just a doorway. We are going to hang some heavy blankets over it." said the teen.

His dad will also take part in his son's fundraising efforts.

"I think it's going to be fun, I haven't slept outside since the last time we camped which was in October," said Mike Hummel, Rudy's father.

If you would like to learn more about Hummel's efforts to raise money or donate to the cause, click here

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