Braving the ice for charity
The frigid, frozen Coan River didn’t deter over 30 children, adults and seniors who braved the icy waters in the Polar Plunge, which helps benefit community organizations and agencies in the area.
An estimated 35 people of all ages braved the icy waters of the Coan River at noon on Saturday to take the Polar Plunge for a good cause.
Funds raised will be used to help the Callao Rescue Squad, Callao Volunteer Fire Department, and Melrose United Methodist Church Missionary Program. Melrose UMC sponsored the Plunge for the second year and despite the zero and sub-zero temperatures in preceding weeks, the Plunge went on as planned with help from Steven Self in chopping up the ice so the “Plungers” could get into the water. Air temperature, in the 50’s, seemed warmer than last year, but there was no denying that ice in the water made for a colder plunge. Still, when the “cannon’s boom” signaled for Plungers to jump in the water, they went in with the same enthusiasm as last year. They didn’t go out as far as last year though, as Melrose’s Pastor Janet cautioned everyone to “just go in and come right back out.”
—Pick up the February 5 issue of the Northumberland Echo to read the full story!