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During this past holiday season, Planet Fitness in Alhambra hosted a food and toy drive. All of the food and toys that we collected were donated to the Boys and Girls Club of America in Ramona Gardens. The event included support from the Boys and Girls Club staff members as well as team members from Planet Fitness. This initiative started as a way to ensure that families in our community would be able to enjoy a holiday meal together and have gifts to give their loved ones.
There’s an understanding and a commitment within the PF organization that it is important to give back to the community. Our pledge of a Judgement Free Zone is one way of doing that. This year though, we stepped it up a notch.
We have found that fundraising can give the highest return for your effort. With this in mind, we hosted the food drive. We gathered close to 800 pounds of food. After research, we discovered this amounts to roughly 583 meals. Planet Fitness thanks all of our members for joining the fight against hunger in the community. It’s important to keep these things in mind in order to have the greatest impact for good.
“It just makes me feel good,” agreed General Manager Ursula. “I love doing it, just giving back to my friends and neighbors. I think it’s our responsibility to do our best to live by the saying ‘treat others as you would like to be treated.’”
We are all pleased with how involved our PF members were with the food drive.
“I was so pleased with members’ compassion and caring for others,” said Regional Manager Enrique Sanchez. “It is really awesome to see the Alhambra community come together and be so passionate about an initiative.”
Jesus Delgado, a team member at the Boys and Girls Club said, “We are extremely grateful to Planet Fitness for their participation in the food drive.”
This marks the first food drive Planet Fitness in Alhambra has done. It is the first of many more we will do in the future.
Additionally, Planet Fitness put out the call for donations of new and unused toys. It was simple. Members brought in one or more toys. All toys were donated unwrapped so we knew what they were. The team members of Planet Fitness and the Boys and Girls Club, working together, wrapped all the donated toys.
About 250 toys were collected and given out (we have to give Santa Claus some credit). With no idea how this toy and food drive would play out, we received a huge response from the generous community, the Alhambra Planet Fitness Community.