2017-12-28 / Business

Revolution Fitness helps area families


Paige Sieloff, Marsha Schmit and Tammy Covill collected hundreds of toys for families that were feeling added pressure from medical bills this holiday season. Sieloff and Covill, who co-own Revolution Fitness all women’s gym, gathered donations at the gym and Schmit, a breast health navigator at Hurley Medical Center, ensured that each of the toys went to families in need on Christmas morning. 
Photo by Alex Petrie Paige Sieloff, Marsha Schmit and Tammy Covill collected hundreds of toys for families that were feeling added pressure from medical bills this holiday season. Sieloff and Covill, who co-own Revolution Fitness all women’s gym, gathered donations at the gym and Schmit, a breast health navigator at Hurley Medical Center, ensured that each of the toys went to families in need on Christmas morning. Photo by Alex Petrie GRAND BLANC — Christmas morning was brighter for more than 50 families thanks to the owners and members of Revolution Fitness in Grand Blanc and Hurley Medical Center. For the past month, the gym has hosted Operation Shining Eyes toy drive, welcoming their friends, family and members to give toys and monetary donations toward children that would otherwise go without due to medical bills and complications.

Revolution Fitness owners Paige Sieloff and Tammy Covill teamed up with Breast Health Navigator Marsha Schmit from Hurley to collect donations for families that are going through hard times due to medical needs and the bills associated with hospitalization, amassing hundreds of toys for the holiday this week.

“This is the second year we’ve done Operation Shining Eyes,” said Sieloff. “We wanted to help however we could and incorporate kids and families that are dealing with medical issues. We asked ourselves how we can help women, since we’re an all-women gym, because there’s nothing more stressful for moms than not being able to give their children gifts during the holiday season.”

“We wanted to touch more than a few lives, and Marsha has really made it happen for us,” said Covill last Thursday. “It’s not just a handful of kids, you know, we were able to help more than 60 families last year, and we’re hoping to help even more this year.”

Once the gym collects the toys and monetary donations, Schmit and Hurley Medical Center make sure that the toys go to families in need, giving out the hundreds of items to children that are either under the care of the hospital, or whose parents are undergoing treatment.

“The best part about the toy drive is knowing that on Christmas morning, all of those families had a better Christmas than they would have. It’s one less things for all those moms to worry about, and we’re so happy we’re able to help them,” said Sieloff. “There’s strength in numbers, and the operation is all about women helping women and kids helping other kids, and it’s all local.”

Covill and Sieloff gathered donations from the week of Thanksgiving right up until Christmas, with many of the members of their gym helping out, as well as their landlord, Bill Nannoshi, who donated a significant portion of the money collected this year. The pair said they are in disbelief at how much the community reached out to help this year, ensuring that all of those families have a memorable and joyful Christmas.

“It’s really amazing, to see how much people care and all of the donations that we were given,” said Sieloff. “We’re hoping to continue this toy drive year after year.”

— By Alex Petrie

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