Volunteers Brave the Cold for a Cause

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) -- With thirty degree temperatures why would anyone volunteer to be thirty feet up in a bucket?   Volunteers like Greene County Judge Jesse Dollars are literally rising to the challenge to raise money for the Agape House.

"I think the high today is supposed to be 40 degrees and up here its probably like 20 or 25 degrees, but it means a lot to us we really want to see some things done for the Agape House," said Jesse Dollars.

But being thirty feet up on a cold January day can be tough on anyone.

"I made a suggestion a while ago that June would probably be a really good month for this," said Greene County Justice of the Peace Ron Dicus.

Charles Pool is in charge of fundraising for the Agape House.  And after the group purchasing a new house in Oak Grove, they needed to find a way to help pay for it so he came up with the idea.

"The first reaction was from people wanting to know if I lost my mind and I said, "No, not actually."  But people said, 'Yeah, that is a good cause and I will help'," said Charles Pool.

Each person has a goal to try to reach, and if they reach it early they get an early reprieve from the cold bucket.

"It's cold up there.  Everything is covered up pretty good except for your face and ears.  You can't stay up there a long time before you have to warm your ears up," said Dicus.

"It is cold.  I've gone up in the bucket a couple of times just to check it out.  It is really cold when you get up higher.  Getting close to the sun doesn't mean you get warmer," said Pool.

"It's not real bad right now.  It's starting to get cold, but you get enthused and excited when people honk and wave and they pick up their phones to call.  It kind of warms you up when you feel that good feeling from them," said Dollars.

The next several days are supposed to get even colder, but barring sleet, snow, or heavy wind the volunteers will keep going up to raise money for the Agape House.

"I know you asked a while ago why we would do it on such a cold day, you know, a few minutes or a few hours in a cold bucket isn't anything near what these girls have to go through.  I think it is well worth it to spend a few hours up there to help them out," said Pool.

The upcoming list of volunteers include:

Marc Reeves on Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Jody Crump on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Phillip Greer on Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Ray Noels on Thursday at 1 p.m.

Gary Thomas on Friday at 2 p.m.

Mark Rowland on Saturday at 10 a.m.