Snowed In at the Radio Station

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Guest Writer Dana McDonald, Morning Host – WNCL (Cool 101.3)

So the holidays have come and gone, and here we are at the start of a new year, 2018. And what a way to start, as I’m writing this, I’m deciding which studio here at Cool 101.3 I want to sleep in tonight because I, and about 10 other people, are snowed in thanks to winter storm Grayson. I know the personal hygiene habits of some of these people, and it’s going to be a LONG night. Oh we tried to shovel and drive our way off the property, only to have Old Man Winter laugh in our faces. I’m kidding of course about the personal hygiene, but not about spending the night at the radio station.

But I have to tell you that something interesting happened as the day progressed and we all realized we wouldn’t be leaving until tomorrow, rather than getting frustrated and angry about not going home to our families, our warm comfy beds, hot showers and favorite TV shows. Instead, we all pulled together to help each other get work done, to get storm related information on the air, on our websites and on social media, to shovel out cars, and we even managed to get one vehicle through the snow drifts to make a food, and beverage, run. In a way, we were a little excited, it was going to be like an adult slumber party, well not an “adult” slumber party, you know what I mean. And after it was over, we all agreed that it was actually fun. We made lemonade out of lemons, or in this case, snow cones out of snow drifts.

Long story short, we all face challenges every day, and how you handle them, I think, defines what kind of person you are. And the almost 4,000 athletes who benefit from Special Olympics Delaware are a perfect example of this. Everyone deserves a chance at a happy and purposeful life. Yet people with intellectual disabilities face doubt, barriers and low expectations. For many, Special Olympics is the only place where they find an opportunity to participate in their communities, develop belief in themselves, and feel like champions. For every inspiring Special Olympics athlete in Delaware there are six more people waiting for their chance, and so many more around the world, and that’s why I challenge you to join me for the 2018 Polar Bear Plunge.

This year will be my 7th Plunge, and I wouldn’t miss it for anything. I won’t lie, it’s cold, but I promise you’ll quickly forget about the 34 degree water when you meet these special athletes and see what a wonderful thing you’re doing and the people you’re helping. Even if you’re not brave enough to jump in the ocean, and we understand that, you can still help by making a donation.

If you would like to join me and the rest of the “DBC Numb Skulls”, we would love to have you on our team. Visit Cool1013.com or PLUNGEDE.org to get started. Now if I could only remember where I put my Speedo.