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Northland Steps Up: Kids start ‘Ice Out Challenge’ to support healthcare workers

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WRIGHT, MN -- There might not be a more exciting time of year for Brea, Dawson and Bryce Parrot, than when the ice goes out on their Wright, Minnesota lake.

"It's kind of a tradition of ours for at least five years now, to see who can get in the water first," said 13-year-old Brea Parrott.

But with this year's ice-out coinciding with a pandemic, they decided to turn their tradition into a way to help.

In a video posted on a GoFundMe me page earlier Monday, the kids challenge their neighbors across the Northland to give money that will be used to deliver food to medical staff and first responders.

And for every $1,000 raised, they take an icy dip, and document it on the page.

It's a dip that has extra meaning for their mom.

Ashley Parrott is a nurse, and knows what free meals would mean for her fellow healthcare workers.

So she and her husband John helped the kids get the GoFundMe going.

"The people on the front lines, we want to keep their stomachs nourished and their minds sharp," said Ashley Parrott.

And they are off to a good start.

Friday afternoon, the fundraiser's first mark was reached, and into the cold lake the kids went.

But as the cash tally climbs higher, they want someone jumping in with them.

Their Unlce Mike.

As in Mike Tusken, Duluth Chief of Police.

"We hope the kids are successful," said Chief Mike Tusken.

The kids, challenging Uncle Mike to jump in Lake Superior, if they hit their $5,000 goal.

"I hope to see his face when he gets wet," said Brea Parrott.

It's akin to a ransom, right? At some point you get to see the Police Chief jump in and have a little pain," said Tusken.

A little ransom and a little pain, to help do a lot of good for the heroes of this pandemic.

Below is a link to the GoFundMe.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/2020-ice-out-feed-our-heros

Dan Wolfe

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