Freezin' for a good cause

JULIE HUSS/Staff photoThis year's Pantry Plunge is set for Saturday, Dec. 14, at noon at Beaver Lake at Gallien's Beach in Derry. Proceeds go to support the First Baptist Church Food Pantry.

DERRY — They will once again be freezing for a good reason as supporters of a local food pantry get ready for an icy dip in some chilly waters.

The third annual Pantry Plunge is set for Saturday, Dec. 14, at noon, at Gallien's Beach at Beaver Lake.

Participants will be jumping into the lake to raise money to support First Baptist Church Food Pantry.

In its inaugural year, the Plunge drew about 38 participants. Last year's crowd was at 64. 

Nancy Francis, a member of the food pantry board of directors, said last year's event was a fun, but cold time for those making up teams or just taking the plunge individually.

Francis participated as part of her employer's team at Blue Seal Feed in Derry. The business will once again form a team for this year's event.

It's always a hope to have seasonal and sunny weather for the chilly dip in the lake, Francis added. 

And it's time for teams to start forming for this year's Plunge. Teams and participants are also encouraged to come to the lake wearing fun attire, but Francis warned that it's a good idea to wear some sort of footwear as people zoom into the waters.

Francis said although the food pantry's shelves get a seasonal boost this time of year with many food drives at local businesses and schools going to help, it's once the holidays end that the need continues.

And as much as the pantry appreciates the generous support of local food donations to help keep the shelves stocked, monetary help is also appreciated.

Pantry Plunge participants will be marching in the upcoming Derry Holiday Parade Nov. 30 to show support for the cause.

Anyone wanting to learn more about this year's Pantry Plunge can stop by Blue Seal on Crystal Avenue, visit, or search for Pantry Plunge on Facebook. Information will also be posted on the First Baptist Church Food Pantry website.

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