Thousands of brave South Jersey residents made their way to the Jersey shore yesterday to plunge into the new year.
Brigantine was one Jersey shore community that held its annual Polar Bear Plunge, on Tuesday, January 1st, giving the bravest the chance to kick-off the new year by plunging into the freezing ocean water.
At least Mother Nature was on their side.
Officials say the plunge gets bigger and better each year and they are proud to see the Brigantine community coming together to support a great cause.
"The people, the sponsors, the participation, the generosity that they have for our veterans, the absolute commitment that Brigantine has to our vets, is incredible," said Patricia Cosgrove, event organizer.
The Brigantine Polar Bear Plunge also included a costume contest for some added fun and it all helped raise money to support the Fisher House Foundation, which provides assistance to military families in need.
In the last 19 years, the Polar Bear Plunge has helped raise more than $600,000 for the foundation.