Waynedale Curves partnered with the Salvation Army this past month through the Adopt a Family program. The member’s fundraising efforts will help to provide a plentiful season of joy to a family demonstrating extreme or unique need during this Christmas season.
The fundraising efforts helped to provide almost $1,200 worth of presents, food and gift cards to a family of eight. Gift certificates to local grocery stores were also included so the family might enjoy a traditional Christmas meal.
April Wyss, the manager at Curves, coordinated this fundraising event. April made sure that each of the children received the same amount of gifts by informing the members what items were still needed as the collection progressed. According to Wyss, one of Waynedale Curves goals is to foster community involvement through charitable events such as the Salvation Army’s Adopt a Family program.
“While we work to improve the lives of the women in the Waynedale area through Curves, we also feel it is important to reach out to others in our community,” said Mary Stark the owner of Curves. It’s apparent to us that the Salvation Army cares about the lives and the health of the people in our community. We are proud to be able to partner with them to help our local area.”
Waynedale Curves is also inviting Waynedale to help gather backpacks for the homeless. The new or “gently used” backpacks will be donated to the Ave Maria House, a shelter for people with nowhere else to go during the day.
The backpacks are needed for the homeless so they can better carry their few belongings with them. Your donations may be dropped off at Curves, 5909 Bluffton Road in Wayne Plaza through December 19.
“Curves has always been dedicated to improving someone’s life—through weight loss or charitable efforts. It’s exciting to be able to give both to the Waynedale community,” said Stark.
“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
John Andreas Holmes