By: Patrick Damp/KDKA-TV

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – It may have been a warmer New Year’s morning than usual to kick off 2022 but that didn’t stop a bunch of loyal divers.

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The waters of the Mon River were a “balmy” 38 degrees as many plunged into 2022 as dozens jumped in as part of the Polar Plunge.

A woman visiting from California said her fellow Salvation Army bell-ringer convinced her to jump in.

She had to work up the nerve after everyone else did but she made it.

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It was thanks to a brave kid who held her hand and took the lead with her.

She’s hoping the experience brings good things for 2022.

“Positive energy, good times, good year, a new beginning,” Kathy Atkinson laughed.

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Now, she can cross the Polar Plunge off of her bucket list.