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Especially Chilly Polar Plunge Raises Money For Special Olympics

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YAKIMA, WA. -- They don't call it polar plunge for nothing. Organizers had to remove pieces of ice Saturday so plungers could jump worry free. And the weather didn't help either. But hundreds of people in Yakima don't seem to mind.

"I think you saw a lot of smile on faces today even though it was a pretty miserable day," Lt. Mike Merryman said.

We did see the same pattern for almost every plunger: jump, scream, get out as quickly as you can and race for the warmth. Although there were some brave souls. All this cold went toward helping Special Olympics athletes.

"They train, they eat, their lodging is covered, their uniforms, their equipment," Jennifer Suniga of the Special Olympics said. "Everything is absolutely free so funding like this foes to support those athletes at no cost."

The Yakima community has proven they're always ready to take the plunge.

"In the state, state wide last year, the Yakima Special Olympics program was the number two fund raising program in the state," Lt. Merryman said. "That says a lot for Yakima and how the folks in Yakima are willing to support this cause."

So while it may just be a leap of cold faith, people in Yakima do it pretty well.