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New York state family seeks donations to keep snowman standing through spring

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Feb. 17, 2016 at 2:42 PM

MASSAPEQUA PARK, N.Y., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- A New York state family is seeking "snownations" from area residents to keep their 15-foot-tall snowman standing through the spring months.

Mike Fregoe and his Massapequa Park family managed to keep their snowman standing through April 20 last year thanks to snow donations -- or "snownations" -- from area residents, and the family is aiming to beat their record this year with their 15-foot snow sculpture -- which was recently found to have shrunk to 13 feet.

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The snowman, which was started with a freezer-preserved snowball from last year's version, survived a rain storm this week thanks to his "rain gear" -- a beach umbrella for a hat and a whole lot of plastic wrapping for his body.

"Snowman lost a few pounds and needed a little face lift this morning, but the Save the Snowman Team found a sled full of snow in the neighbor's yard and spruced up Snowman a bit. Snowman is still over 13 feet tall ( measured this morning)," the family wrote Wednesday on the Save the Snowman Facebook page.

Snowman bundled for the rain

Posted by Save the Snowman on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The snowman has become something of a local celebrity, attracting visits from fans including Miss Big Apple, Jr. Teen.

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