Several Homecoming Friends have recently taken the "24 Hour Cold Water Challenge" to benefit the Bridge Ministry in Nashville, Tennessee.The Bridge Ministry was begun in 2004 by artist Candy Christmas, who began feeding the homeless people who lived under Nashville's Jefferson Street Bridge. Soon, she began collecting clothing and other items as well, and as others caught the vision, the ministry expanded.

Today, the Bridge is housed in a 20,000 square foot warehouse in Nashville, with a staff working hard to provide food and necessities to the needy, to educate those without high school diplomas and job skills, to assist with integrating people back into the work force, and to bring awareness of hunger and homelessness.

Candy issued the first annual 24 Hour Cold Water challenge this year, daring participants to raise money and awareness by jumping into a pool of freezing water. Candy set the example by jumping first, and now we've heard that Jeff and Sheri Easter, Tanya Goodman Sykes and others are joining in! Here is Sheri Easter's hilarious video of her "polar plunge"...