New Haven plans community events to kick off 2016

The ECSU Rugby team took to the water in Lauter Park to raise funds for the Covenant Soup Kitchen (contributed photo)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The city of New Haven invites people from all communities to start off 2016 by making a difference for local people in need.

It’s the season of giving back, and the American Red Cross is asking for people to donate blood. They are teaming up with the New Haven Police department this Thursday, December 31st, to hold a blood drive. The drive will take place at police headquarters on Union Avenue, and runs from 8:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m.

And another New Year’s tradition will take place in New Haven on Friday morning,  the Polar Plunge!

The Elm City parks conservancy is holding the First Day New Haven Winter Festival on January first at Lighthouse Point Park from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

There will be some brave souls jumping in the water, but a lot of other activities will take place out of the water too; including tours to the top of the lighthouse, brunch, and activities for the kids. The cost is $10 for brunch alone or $25 for the plunge and brunch.

More information on the 2016 Polar Plunge is available here.

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