CHICAGO (CBS) — COVID-19 forced some polar plunge events to get creative on Saturday.

At St. Patrick High School, 5900 W. Belmont Ave., they didn’t head several miles east to the lakefront – but rather took their plunge in individual kiddie pools.

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One team raised more than $8,000 for Special Olympics Chicago, while avoiding the beautiful, but presently chilly waters of Lake Michigan.

An event at St. Barnabas Parish School, 10121 S. Longwood Dr., was more of a shower than a plunge. But the spirit was still the same.

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Participants raised thousands of dollars for a Special Olympian by getting blasted with a cold water by a shower head.

And at the Letz Box Chicago gym, 3524 W. 111th St., the team known as Marty and Reese’s Warriors held their plunge in a dunk tank. Volunteers were happy to take a dip in the frigid water.

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The event at the Mount Greenwood gym raised money for the Special Olympics in honor of Marty McGowan and Reese Panatera, two toddlers who were born with Down syndrome.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff