SIDNEY – It’s Maine, it’s February, but that didn’t stop people from taking the plunge in Sidney on Sunday.
Money raised for jumping into the ice water at Snow Pond is helping the YMCA of Greater Waterville’s Alfond Youth and Community Center.
“The money raised today will benefit our A.Y.C.C. backpack program, which is a program that sends 125 children from our after school program home every Friday with a backpack full of food for a family of four,” said Erica Fredrick-Rock, who works at the A.Y.C.C.
Funds raised are also going to pay for scholarships for summer camp.
Some of the jumpers work with the YMCA, others just want to help their community, but they all had different methods of attack for braving that water.
“I learned this trick running in cold, wet races. If you cover yourself with Vaseline it retains a little bit of body heat,” said Natalie Corrigan, one of the jumpers.
“Just jump in quick and get out. Now find the heated tent is what I want to do,” said Tom Warren.
This is the 27th Annual Polar Bear Dip. It was once again hosted by the Maine Pond Hockey Classic, which was also raising money for the A.Y.C.C.
More than 100 people signed up to jump in.
“Spending ten seconds in the water is nothing compared to being hungry for 48 hours so we just wanted to do this for our community,” said one of the participants after getting out.