Danville, Virginia, PF Gets in the Holiday Spirit by Participating in Toys for Tots

For five years, the Danville, Virginia, Planet Fitness has participated in the Marine Corps Toys for Tots, collecting toys for youth that are in need or struggle during the holidays.

After first being approached by Jr. Vice Commandant Bob Holland with the Marine Corps League five years ago, the Danville location, now owned by Michael Turner and CJ Bouchard’s Excel Fitness, has been honored to be a part of such a giving cause. The first year of participating in the toy drive was a huge success, and it continues to grow each year.

Created in 1991, the primary goal of Marine Corps Toys for Tots is, through the gift of a new toy, to help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America’s less fortunate children. “Participating in the toy drive reminds me to think of others and not just providing for my family,” said Excel Fitness team member Misty Adams.

From the first week of November through the holiday season, Planet Fitness set aside three large bins for members, staff or anyone else to come by and drop toys off. The total number of wrapped toys collected was undetermined, however, all three bins were filmed to the rim with goodies for the children.

Excel Fitness has enjoyed participating in the Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive and will continue to participate and make a difference in the upcoming years. “I enjoy seeing the charity side of members,” said team member Stephen Boyes.