MOUNT VERNON — The wind whooshes past Jeff Campbell taking what little warmth he has left. At this point, he’s been outside for more than a half hour and at 12 degrees with a wind chill of negative 3 degrees, that’s too long — especially considering he is wearing shorts.
Campbell isn’t a crazy person — he’s just hoping to make a positive impact for animals in Knox County. He started the “Shorts In Winter For Shelters” Go Fund Me campaign on Dec. 28 with a goal of raising a $5,000 donation to be split between the Knox County Animal Shelter and the Knox County Humane Society.
So far online he has raised $1,140. As owner of Campbell’s Boarding Kennels, he has also received check and cash donations of $690 from customers and family friends that are not reflected on the current Go Fund Me total.
Campbell was inspired to help the shelters after seeing recent headlines about animals freezing to death and because he knows from his wife’s experience, she spent time as a dog trainer in Columbus shelters, that this is one of the busiest times for shelters which are often short on supplies and funding to help keep local animals, whether inside the shelter or out, warm in the winter weather.