Jonesboro residents endure cold water for good cause

Jonesboro residents endure cold water for good cause

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Saturday was a very cold day in Region 8, but that didn't stop Jonesboro residents from jumping into frigid water for a good cause.

"The water temperature earlier today was about 25 degrees," Brian Arnold with the Jonesboro Police Department said.

The 15th annual Polar Bear Plunge was held at the Elk's Lodge Saturday afternoon. The event raises money for Special Olympics in Arkansas.

Arnold enjoys raising money to help the athletes be able to compete.

"It's a very humbling experience because they come up and appreciate you," he said. "They'll hug you, their family will hug you."

Arkansas State's plunge Friday night raised a record $7,300. Arnold was hoping Jonesboro could set a new record of their own.

"We hope to hit $25,000, maybe even $30,000, which will be great for this plunge," he said.

There were also silent and live auctions and a chili cook off at the event. All of the money raised was donated to Special Olympics.

"To us it doesn't seem like it's that much, but to them it's everything," Arnold said.

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