We have built a great annual tradition with the Plunge, where 100% of the raised funds have gone to ill children, tsunami survivors, wounded soldiers … I am more than appreciative of the contributions made throughout the previous seven years. Asking for charitable donations is something I’m extremely uncomfortable with, especially in our current global economic recession. So this year, we are going to switch it up.
UPDATE: Many are concerned about driving to the Plunge tomorrow – it could be bad and I’d love to have a decent turnout for the Plunge, so I am moving the date to Saturday, February 11th. I will check the tide charts and send out a note as to the time.
For those that have collected goods for the homeless, thank you! We won’t be delivering it until the third Sunday in February, so please bring it then (we will have trucks at the Plunge to collect), or give it to me closer to Feb 11th.
First, for those that don’t know what The Plunge is; each year, I recruit a bunch of other dopes (myself being the biggest dope) to jump into Long Island Sound in Southport in January (or February 11th this year), representing a great cause, and also beginning the New Year with a fresh, sadistically fun baptism of sorts. My wife came up with the rule that only one family member needs to plunge. In return of our idiotic effort, we get sponsors to represent us towards a greater cause, which leads to 2012.
Over a year ago, my father found out about a nice older woman who was collecting goods and distributing them to the homeless under a bridge in Bridgeport, CT. He took action of this more than worthy cause and got his church involved. Every third Sunday of each month, he and my mother and a group from their church collect goods and bring them to the bridge in Bridgeport and pass them out to the homeless. Each time that I have been there to assist, I was blown away by the experience.
This year, instead of collecting money from your coworkers, relatives, piers in support of this Plunge, the goal will be to collect goods for the homeless. My father has provided a list of what is needed:
Heavy winter coats
underwear (mens XL)
canned foods (soup, stew, chili, etc.)
any personal care items
I will be much more accurate with the tide charts for this coming years Plunge, and send out the exact time that we will plunge soon. We will do this on Saturday, February 11th, at Southport Beach (between exit 18 and 19 off i95). For those interested in assisting at the bridge the 3rd Sunday in February, I will provide directions and information. Please let me know if you will be attending (you don’t even need to plunge) by emailing me at email@example.com , and have a great holiday!