I live in the tiny City by the Sea that many of you, some across the oceans, have read about here. Yes, Long Beach, NY is small, about 36 thousand salty souls. But it has a heart as big as its boardwalk.
Every year, Long Beach hosts the Long Beach Polar Bear Splash to make money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. https://wish.org/get-involved The event generates a big splash of money, this year, about $500,000.
People from all around come to Long Beach to join the Splash. Yes, they do it for the kids, but they also do it—just to do it!
I’ve recorded several of these freeze dives on my humble blog, and each time I’m amazed at the coming together of humankind, for fun, for joy.
When you look at the faces in the photos below, you’ll know there was no talk of Jan. 6th, our border, inflation or climate change. This was people putting aside all that often divides us, race, politics or religion. That stuff was left on the ramp from the boardwalk.
Well, perhaps not religion because I did hear a lot of: “Oh my God.!” “Oh my God!” “Oh my God!”:
Moms, dads, teens, and tykes shed their layers
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