McHENRY – CrossFit Prevail in McHenry is sponsoring local families who struggle during the holidays.
Kristina Harvey, co-owner of the gym, said the donation drive is an annual program to help families get by during the holiday season. The gym has sponsored seven families this year and is seeking donations.
Harvey began the annual outreach program six years ago and has helped between three and six families a year, she said.
“I wanted to be able to do something where I could see the joy and gratitude on someone’s face,” she said, “as opposed to going through a big organization, where you just send money or a gift.”
CrossFit Prevail has helped families facing illness and poverty over the years by providing them with gently used clothes and shoes, food, Christmas trees, household items and new presents for children to open on Christmas.
More than 50 people have helped launch the program. This year, the group also baked Christmas desserts and took them to local agencies such as the McHenry fire, police and parks and recreation departments, as well as area nursing homes, Harvey said.
“It was a group effort,” she said. “My husband and I put work and energy with our family and the kids, but there’s no way this would be possible without our Prevail family.”
To donate to families in need, email Harvey at firstname.lastname@example.org.