SOUTH CAROLINA, USA — People across the Midlands are plunging into cool water to help those in need.

It's called the Polar Plunge and it is an annual event designed to help raise funds for the Special Olympics of South Carolina

This weekend, multiple plungers including some from local Midland's agencies took the challenge to dive into cool water for a cause. 

West Columbia Police and Lexington Sheriff's deputies took a dip into Lake Murray Saturday. "We're 'Freezin' for a Reason'," the sheriff's department wrote in a tweet. 

Other plunges this weekend included events at Myrtle Beach and The Pier at Clemson. 

In a tweet, the Special Olympics of South Carolina said they raised more than $13,000 through the efforts of over 60 Clemson-area plungers alone. 

Upcoming events include Beaufort, Isle of Palms and Columbia. 

For more details on all the event, including registration and donation information visit the Polar Plunge website.