Maximum Fitness stockpiles record numbers for Toys for Tots

Sheley Brien and her daughter participated in the 2017 toy drive at Maximum Fitness in Scottsdale. (Submitted photo)

Maximum Fitness Gym has announced its annual toy, book and money drive collected more than 2,500 pounds of gifts and is exceeding last year’s toy donation of more than $7,500 in gifts for the Marine’s Toys for Tots Foundation.

And the collecting has not stopped.

The North Scottsdale gym will be collecting donations until Saturday, Dec. 15.

“Every year we reach out to our members and the community and are always surprised by the generosity of our members, their friends and families,” stated Rick LeMoine, general manager of Maximum Fitness who was a Marine sergeant.

(Submitted photo)

“This year we want to exceed all previous donations but need your support and start your New Year work out early.”

This year, any participating non-gym member who brings in a new unwrapped toy will get a free one-week pass to the gym.

Marine reservists will collect donations from members, friends and staff 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 15.

The United States Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program distributes toys to economically disadvantaged children for Christmas.

The program was founded in 1947. In 1995, the secretary of defense approved Toys for Tots as an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve. In 2009, the program received support from Michelle Obama, who placed the first collection box at the White House, according to a release.

Maximum Fitness has participated in the program for seven years, collecting more than $65,000 in donations, the release stated.

Maximum Fitness Gym is located off the 101 Freeway, between Pima/Princess and Bell exits.

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