Polar Plunge Raises Awareness

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

The slightly warmer temperatures didn't really make much of a difference to four Valley neighbors Sunday. Nearly 100 people watched them jump into a very frigid South River in Waynesboro.

It was a call for awareness organized by Faith Point Christian Center. Pastor Randall Black is the vice president of Compassion in Action. The non profit is trying to raise $20 thousand to build a teen center in the Dominican Republic. Having built 15 buildings in the past five years the group has never missed its goal.

It could be thanks to stunts like the one Sunday.

"Our friends in Indiana that are going on the trip, they mentioned doing one, they did one in a frozen river in South Bend, and I thought wow," said Black. "If we do one, we could raise two thousand dollars for the teen home, and we did. My thoughts were this is going to help a lot of poor but it's going to be very cold."

Thirty-six church members will be traveling to help build the center in April. Compassion in Action has raised $8,000 of the total it needs.

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