Why would anyone jump into freezing cold Potomac River water on New Years Day? The answer is simple: To HELP OTHERS. On January 1st, 2015, brave people will again take on the challenge of plunging into water that if they are lucky, will be more than warmer than last year. The Freezin For a Reason Plunge money will help local charities that have a very serious need this time of year.
As the participants gathered on the boat ramp for pre-jump pictures, it is a party atmosphere with all wishing each other good luck and Happy New Year. Many of the participants wear fun costumes like Cutter Hadley most outrageous costume last year dressed as a 6 foot 4 inch mermaid including a tail!
Funds pledged to these brave people will be used to help the local BEACON organization, the Alan P. Linton cold weather shelter in Frederick, and BARC.
BARC would like to express its thanks to the Brunswick Ambulance Crew who help make our event safe and to the City of Brunswick for allowing us to use the campground. A special thanks to all who contributed in support of those who entered the river. Many are going through some difficult times during this winter and the funds raised will help the food bank, the emergency relief fund, and those without a warm shelter to call home. You can still donate to this cause by contacting a person listed in the article or call 301–834-8045 and set up a contribution. No matter how bad times may feel for you, remember there are many in much worse shape who need help with their families and children.
For the first time this year, we are offering the opportunity for the community to make donations online via PayPal. Please click on the link below to donate to Freezin’ for a Reason. We would appreciate you entering which charity you would like your donation to benefit. These are the charities that Freezin’ for a Reason will be supporting this year:
- Brunswick Food Bank
- Beacon Emergency Relief Fund
- Frederick County Special Olympics