SEASIDE HEIGHTS — Nearly 7,000 people jumped into 42-degree ocean water on Saturday to raise more than $1.8 million for the Special Olympics of New Jersey.

The Seaside Heights event is one of three Polar Bear Plunges held each year for Special Olympics New Jersey — though the biggest by far. The Polar Bear Plunge at Wildwood raised $400,000 this past January, and the Thanks4Giving Plunge in Asbury Park raised nearly $25,000 in November.

Special Olympics of New Jersey serves more than 25,000 athletes with year-round sports training and athletic competitions.

You can still donate to the cause at their website.

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