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Food drive benefits Water Street Rescue Mission

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Universal Athletic Club (UAC) recently held a 10-day long fitness event and food drive to benefit the Water Street Ministries. Universal’s group fitness classes launched all new music and moves in their classes last month, as they do every quarter. Each quarter features a new promotion as well.

The UAC staff was thrilled about the possibility of making January’s “launch” a community event, according to Laurie Haines, Director of Marketing at UAC. Just coming off of the holiday season, January is the lowest month for donations to Water Street Ministries, which made the organization the perfect recipient.

Water Street Ministries offers emergency shelter, clothing and food assistance, health services for the working poor, as well as activities for teens and young children.

An extra large bin was set up in the reception area for donations. Members were then encouraged to bring non-perishable food items. The bin filled quickly with both the staff and members as well as guests participating. Club members were offered the opportunity to bring guests for free with a food donation.

“The response was outstanding … it was quite impressive,” said Keith Shetter, Director of Donor Relations at Water Street Ministries.

Over the ten days, over 3,000 people attended classes at the Club. The 10 day event ended with a Zumbathon. Various Zumba instructors led an explosive two hour dance party. Over 100 people participated.

This food drive, Shetter said, was the first time connecting with Universal. The timing for it was great, he said, adding it was much appreciated.

YOU can still help! Winter has taken its toll on everyone, including shelters. The Water Street Ministries has released a list of “immediate needs.” The list is too long to print here in its entirety but readers can go to www.wsm.org/needs to view it. It includes food, toiletries, items for babies and children, specific items for women, items specifically for men, medical items, dental items and miscellaneous items.

The list is rather comprehensive however Shetter did point out a few items that are in dire need right now at the Mission. They are cough medicine, cough drops, cold related items like tissues, and female hygiene items.

The Collection Center is located on Conestoga Street at Prince Street.

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