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Pandemic can’t stop Islanders from plunging for a purpose

The traditional post-Thanksgiving Friday splash by costumed Islanders into the frigid water off Crescent Beach wasn’t in-person this year, to avoid contagion risks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But that didn’t stop some intrepid plungers who went freezin’ for a reason.

Plunge organizer Andrew Ward said the Friends of the Shelter Island Public Library have created a GoFundMe page. “It is very sad for us as it is our biggest fundraiser,” he said. “Please help us try to raise at least a little money so we can continue helping fund all the worthwhile projects at the library.”

Kathleen Navarro. and Dave Gentile. (Courtesy Photo)

This year, participants are encouraged to take the plunge individually and send in a photo for posting on the Friends Facebook page. Post your photo on your own Instagram or other social media with the #shelterislandfriendsofthelibrary.

And send to the Reporter: [email protected]

To participate in the Turkey Plunge please make a minimum donation of $25 by mail to:Friends of the Shelter Island Library, Attn: Treasurer, P.O. Box 2016, Shelter Island, N.Y. 11964.

Donors can support the “plunge” through GoFundMe and access more information through the Friends of the Shelter Island Library Facebook page.

To contribute directly, checks can be sent to the mailing address above