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Here is a question for you to ponder as you warm your hands on your mug of coffee. Why would anyone that lives in the extreme frigid temperatures of Alaska, willing jump into icy water on the 21st day of December? It can only be one of a few reasons, a crazed polar bear is about to eat them, they are insane, or for a very worthy cause. Fortunately, all of these warm-blooded folks are doing it for a great cause. The Alaska Special Olympics is the beneficiary of the annual Polar Plunge.
I am sure most of you are aware of the Special Olympics and the amazing job they do fulfilling the dreams of turning the handicapped into the handi-capable. Special Olympics Alaska Mission Statement is: “Special Olympics Alaska provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, to demonstrate courage, to experience joy and to participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.”
When I worked as an aide with the Special Education class in the high school, I had the opportunity to attend the local games. It was such a uplifting experience that it’s hard to put into words. The students were so proud of their accomplishments and all of them were treated as first place winners. You could see the pride and joy show on their faces. If you ever have the chance to visit and cheer these athletes at your area games, I urge you to attend. It will give you a new outlook on life.
By now, you are probably wondering why I am discussing the Polar Plunge when I am way down here in the south. That’s a good question and I do have an answer for you! My daughter, who up until a few weeks ago had never experienced “real” snowfall, is living in Alaska. Her new hubby is stationed there in the military. They are taking the Polar Plunge this year! We have made our donation and are anxiously waiting to watch it via the internet. If you would like to help raise funds by making a donation, it would warm their hearts as they freeze their booties. They named their team the “Moosecicles” which is probably what they will be when they climb back out of the frigid water! Here is the link to their donation page: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/JessicaMuschek/2013-special-olympics-alaska-polar-plunge/team. You can also click on the “event” tab and watch the hilarious “You Tube” video of last year’s event.
**Recipe of the Day**
1 16 oz. can of carrots
1 stick margarine
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
3 Tbsps. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
Drain carrots. Melt margarine; add carrots and put in blender. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend. Pour into greased casserole dish. Bake at 350˚ for 45 minutes. Serves 4 – 6.
**Pet of the Day**
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