After looking back over the last twelve months, I’m humbled by and grateful for the high caliber of people I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with. There are many examples of our Next Level trainers and clients serving with me this past year above and beyond their “call of duty” in the gym. Several of you served with me on a mission trip to Guatemala last January. With others of you, I got to watch and help as you fed the homeless, served dinner at the Dismas House, granted wishes for Make-A-Wish kids and other general acts of kindness and generosity. The icing on the cake, however, is how we ended the year, with our first Angel Tree. Despite the fact that we only got the information up about a week before Christmas, you guys really came through in a big way. In one week we were able to raise $1,500 plus non-cash donations and provide Christmas for two families who were in dire need.
The first family had a tough year. They lost their youngest child to a heart condition. In addition to the obvious heartbreak a tragedy like that brings about, they were also saddled with bills. There was no money left for Christmas. Due to your generosity, we were able to provide some much needed furniture, clothes for the entire family, a gift card for more clothes, a laptop and a gaming system for the boys. The family was overwhelmed with the gifts, and by the idea that these gifts were provided by a group of people they had never met.
The second family was a mother and her daughter who had moved into their current home a month ago, and had already gotten robbed just a week before Christmas. We were able to buy them a new dryer (someone gave them a washer), some bar stools, clothes and gift cards.
Next Level Fitness would like to thank you for being a part of our lives. For not only working hard in the gym, but for working hard every day to make this world a better place.
As you look forward into this upcoming year, I would encourage you to workout hard, eat healthy, and set your physical goals higher than ever. Beyond that, I would encourage you even more to look at what’s really important for 2014.
How can you make an impact in the world this year?