CONCORD, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Helping make Christmas for kids with cancer special-- that’s the goal of a local gym this is supplying gifts and toys to children and their families at Levine Children’s Hospital.
"We have such an amazing community of members here at the gym. They’re welcoming, they’re super giving,” Melissa Price said, owner of Burn Boot Camp Mallard Creek.
At the gym, located in Concord, they’re used to getting results, not just for themselves but for others as well.
"We deliver their Christmas for them. It’s awesome,” Price said.
In the studio they’re collecting gifts for kids facing cancer. The kids are patients at Levine Children’s hospital.
"We provide presents for the children, their siblings, their parents and their grandparents,” Price said.
"A sense of gratitude is how we feel as ladies coming together and giving back,” Emily Pope said, who works out at the gym and donated gifts.
As their workouts get harder, so does the struggle for the families. That’s why this year they’re sponsoring three families. Last year they sponsored one.
The tree at one point was full of ornaments for them to pick. But they were gone in record time.
"When we put the ornaments on the tree last year my girls took the ornaments in one day. So this year when I said to Levine you need to give me more families, so they gave me two families and in the first day the ornaments went up they were all taken. That was 150 ornaments,” Price said.
Price said giving back is embedded in their corporate structure.
"Pick a charity to give back to and always be grateful for what you have,” she said.
But then it got personal. Two years ago when they were planning their opening, neighborhood kid Elijah Aschbrenner died of Epitheliod Sarcoma.
Price and her members went straight to work! Planning their own ‘Prayers for Elijiah’ event at the gym.
"It’s just overwhelming the response that we got from the community. And not just members, it’s the neighborhoods around us: Sky Brook, Highland Creek, Windy Walk, the community comes out to support this cause,” she said. Which brings us back to the Giving Tree.
"When the time was given and all of the names were chosen it was an overwhelming feeling of thankfulness I think we were able to give back,” said Pope.
The Giving Tree is part of the gym’s 12 Months of Giving campaign. Next month they’ll choose another cause and continue until next September.
They’ve already given to charities helping people battling addiction and with charities helping girls stuck in sex trafficking.