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With New Year's Day right around the corner, it's almost time for those brave enough to enter local Polar Bear Plunge events.

Looking to dive right into the new year and decade? This New Year’s Day in South County you can do just that and raise money for some good causes in the process with some of the area’s annual chilly dips making their return.

In Narragansett, Special Olympics of Rhode Island will be hosting their 44th Annual Penguin Plunge at Roger Wheeler State Beach. The plunge, which raises funds to support the 4,000 athletes across Rhode Island who participate in Special Olympics throughout the year, will take place at noon and plungers can register either online at specialolympicsri.org or on site starting at 10 a.m. All plungers must sign a waiver and will be given a wristband to show they’re participating. Children are not encouraged to take part, but can if they’re accompanied by an adult.

Plungers are encouraged to raise $50, but any amount is welcome and donations can also be made on their website.

Over at the Narragansett Town Beach, the Narragansett Lions Club will hold their annual Pier Plunge to raise money for club causes and charitable work. Registration for the event is $20 and starts at 10 a.m. at the beach’s North Club House, where plungers will embark from for their dive at noon. Prizes will be given out for the best costumes in different age groups. For those still looking to contribute without taking the plunge, donations are accepted on their website, narragansettlionsclub.org.

In Westerly, the WARM Center will host their 14th Annual Penguin Plunge at The Windjammer Surf Bar to raise funds for the center’s effort to combat hunger and homelessness in southern RI and New London County, Connecticut. Registration opens at 11:30 and costs $25 for adults and $15 for children and active-duty military personnel. The price of registration includes a long-sleeve t-shirt and complimentary hot soup from The Windjammer. Plungers can also register ahead of time online at warmcenter.org as well as fill out their waiver which must be brought in before participating. Plungers can also create a fundraising page online through the WARM Center to collect further donations and can take the dive as either a team or individually. The plunge itself will take place at 1 p.m.

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