In an effort to raise toys for underprivileged children, Island Gym in Ventnor has been offering free boxing workouts in exchange for a toy that will be used to brighten up a child's Christmas a little more.
Working out for a cause has never seemed so intense as members of Island Gym took part in an one-hour fast pace boxing-circuit in an effort to collect one of the most unlikely things to see in a gym...toys...all of which will be donated to underprivileged children in the area.
"We just have people bring in a toy and they get a class in exchange for a toy so at the end of the day we collect a lot of toys for a lot of people," said Jon Simon, trainer and organizer.
"It feels awesome it fells like I'm doing a good thing, I'm burning 1,000 calories a class and giving a toy to a kid who really need it," said Willie Wong a five-year participant in Boxx for Tots.
Jon Simon's, Boxx for Tots toy drive, was created nine years ago with an overall goal of making Christmas a little more joyful for families who may not otherwise be able to place presents under their Christmas tree.
"It just seems like the right thing to do if you can't have a toy at Christmas what fun is that, so if we can give back to the community we should," said Simon.
The highly intense boxing class has become very popular over the years as more and more people continue to come out and give back to those in need during the holiday season.
"Every year it's grown last year I think we did about 3,000 toys this year we expect to do 4,000 when I first started it was probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 75 toys.
"The toys have like quadrupled, we had like one thing now the whole gym is filled with toys and it's amazing because no one touches the toys we all know this is all for the kids and we all just want to give back to the community.
And as Christmas approaches, participants are encouraging more people to come out and support the toy drive.
"Definitely, definitely bring your toys the smile on kids faces just to get a toy is worth everything; great cause," Wong said.
The donated toys will be distributed among various families, churches, and the Division of Youth and Family Services.
Donations can be given to any island gym location.