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Charity group plunges into ice cold pool for New Year's tradition

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While some people ring in the new year with traditions like cooking black eyed peas, or make a resolution, this charity group celebrates in a little less conventional way. Since 2003, the Parrot Heads of the CSRA jump into an ice cold pool; it's their annual Polar Bear Plunge.

"It feels like you're jumping in the bottom of an ice-cold cooler, and it takes your breath away," said Becky McDaniel, she held the Polar Bear Plunge at her house in Jackson, S.C.

The Plunge is part of the group's coat drive. The Parrot Heads collect coats and donate them to the Salvation Army.

"You jump in the pool to let yourself know, there are people out there that don't have a warm place to go; that don't have warm clothing," said Karl Keene, a member of the Parrot Heads. "It just gives you an idea of what those people suffer through year-round."

"We don't certainly jump in the pool because we love the cold water, but we do love bringing coats and sharing with people who are less fortunate," McDaniel said.

"This is just part of our new year's tradition we started, just to get together with our friends, and start the new year off right," said Wendall Freeman, vice president of the Parrot Heads.

And while jumping into a pool that's 42 degrees is not my ideal way of kicking off the new year, for the Parrot Heads, collecting nearly 100 coats annually is a chilly tradition they'll continue.

The Parrot Heads will be collecting coats through the month of January. Contact them on their Facebook page to find out where to donate.

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