Holiday outreach takes on a tone oriented toward both fitness and Christmas by way of “Sweaty Santa,” a toy drive coordinated by Bosco’s Gym.
Bosco’s manager Sarah Galvan said all donated items go to the county’s Littlest Angel program via the county’s Boys & Girls Club.
“We started Sweaty Santa in 2011 as a way to encourage community support during Christmas,” she said. “Last year, over 75 toys were donated and an extra $325 were donated in sponsorships and T-shirt sales.”
Galvan credited local businesses for success in 2012, and added that this year, the goal is 100 toys donated.
“This year we are doing a different format,” she said. “We will have our normal class schedule on Monday and Tuesday, with a couple of extra classes. We will have an open gym these two days. Anyone is welcome to come in and use the facility or try a class — and all we ask is that you bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate.”
Galvan also said those who want to donate a toy but can’t attend the special training classes can drop an unwrapped toy off at the gym at 517 E. Broadway St. any time between Dec. 2, and Dec. 13, during open hours.
But she encouraged the public to get involved in the drive and the classes — for both the sake of the young recipients, and of adults who want to get the upcoming new year off to a healthier start.
“As 2013 is coming to an end and we are all busy and pulled in different directions,” she said. “We at Bosco’s urge everyone to make time for their self. Just 30 minutes of exercise a day can shed pounds, relieve stress, give you more energy, lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure.”
More about the Littlest Angel program
A related Register story explained that group of Cooke County organizations formed the Littlest Angel program after recognizing the need to help kids at Christmas.
Aside from furthering toys to children whose families have participated in the program, volunteers take cash donations and buy toys for them.
“At the time, there were several organizations helping but nothing was organized and just a few families were benefiting from several different agencies,” organizer Melissa Wilson said in the story.
The Littlest Angel program is a non-profit organization working under the umbrella of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cooke County. Over the years, the program has become more structured and individuals are required to qualify for participation in the holiday project. Angel recipients are generally children and families within Cooke County. All families are coded and the children’s first names are placed on the angel tags. Applicants pick up the gifts at a designated location and time.
The gifts are all taken a central location where volunteers group the gifts and ready them for distribution to families.
“No angel leaves the distribution location with more gifts than his or her sibling,” Wilson said.
Most years, the Littlest Angel program provides holiday gifts for several hundred children and also elderly adults in nursing homes and the program’s helpers include volunteers from several location agencies.
For more information about “Sweaty Santa” or Bosco’s Gym, visit www.boscosgym.com or the facility’s Facebook page.
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