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We’re Adopting!!… (2014)

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*****Update… Our Adopt-A-Family project was a massive success.

Thank you so much to everybody who participated.  Your generous donations brought joy to a family who was less fortunate this holiday season. 

I barely had room for all the gifts in my car (picture below).  And the woman at the Salvation Army taking our donation was nearly speechless as I kept making trips back to my car for more gifts.

Christmas gift haul

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:  Our Bootcamp Family is AWESOME!

I’m so blessed to be able to work with such generous loving people everyday.  And there’s no question that our adopted family had a very Merry Christmas!

Can’t wait to do this again next year!

Thank you again!  And many blessings to you and yours!


We’re Adopting!!

christmas treeSt. Louis Fitness Bootcamp is joining forces with the Salvation Army to adopt a family for the holiday season!

Our family at Bootcamp has such an abundance of love that I thought we could share some with a family that’s a little less fortunate this holiday.  So we’ve dedicated ourselves to helping a specific family that’s down on their luck this year. 

Here’s our family’s story:

Ms. C is a grandparent raising three grandchildren. Both parents are not active with one incarcerated.

This grandparent suffers from a head injury and is no longer able to work. She receives home services that assist her with meals and chore services. She is doing the best she can with minimal financial support. She visits local churches and food pantries to help with meals. This family is in need of clothing and food gift certificates. Any assistance provided will definitely brighten up their holiday.


I can’t help but think back to how many amazing Christmases I’ve had with  my family.  Christmas was and continues to be a special time for our family to come together and enjoy each others company as well as a tree stocked with gifts. 

In fact, my mom always had a unique “Christmas Key” tradition.  All of our gifts were numbered and mom could check the “Key” to tell us which one she thought we should open next.  She’d call out, “CJ-4.  Kyle-7.  Derek and Spencer-2…”  We’d proceed to hunt for the item labeled appropriately and all open at once as Mom & Dad watched for our reactions.  While we occasionally poked fun at this methodical approach, we all secretly loved this tradition that typically culminated with a BIG surprise at the end.

To say I was fortunate and extremely blessed, would be an understatement of epic proportions. 

I never had to worry about there being food on the table.  Mom and Dad were always there.  Neither was ever incarcerated during the holidays (or ever).   Our Christmases were as close to story book Christmas as you could imagine. 

Ms. C, on the other hand, is a grandparent with a head injury trying to fill the job of two absent parents who have essentially abandoned their own children.  I can’t imagine the pressure on her… Nor can I imagine being an abandoned child in the holiday season… uncertain if I’d be getting a square meal on Christmas, let alone a tree full of presents.

I certainly hope nobody reading this has had to endure similar hardships.  But I do know the nature of our Bootcamp family.  And I’m certain, that like me, your heart goes out to these people. 

I hope you’ll consider contributing to this Adopt-A-Family mission.  I certainly can’t do it without you! 

If you’d like to participate, you can select an item from the list below and bring it to your trainer at Bootcamp.  Or you can choose to make a monetary donation (pay online below or bring donations to bootcamp) and I’ll collect them all and go shopping for you.  We’ll be collecting gifts and donations through the end of November.  I’ll cross off items from our list as we receive donations.

If you have any questions you can reach me at CJ@STLFitnessBootcamp.com.



The Salvation Army has provided the following wish list for this family in need:

Wish List Grandmother – (JC-154 Gift tag)

  • Shirt size-3X                                     
  • Pant size-3X                                      
  • Shoe size-9 ½
  • Queen bed linens                              
  • Grocery gift certificates… (there’s a Shop n’ Save & a Schnucks within a mile of where they live)           
  • Purse(Black)

Wish List Granddaughter age 9 – (TT-154 Gift tag)

  • Shirt size-12                                      
  • Pant size 12                                       
  • Shoe size 3
  • Clothing                                            
  • Arts & Crafts Kits                           
  • LaLa Loopsy Doll

Wish List Grandson age 7 – (DB-154 Gift tag)

  • Shirt size-10                                      
  • Pant size 10                                       
  • Shoe size 12
  • Clothing                                            
  • Monster truck                                   
  • Handheld game

Wish List Grandson Age 4 – (EB-154 Gift tag)

  • Shirt size 6x                                       
  • Pant size 6x                                       
  • Shoe size 1
  • Clothing                                            
  • Monster truck                                   
  • Handheld game