The upside to the catastrophe in Houston? Watching the way Texas communities have come together to help out.
Here in Austin, the fitness community is getting involved. Not only are local paddlers (experts only, you don’t want to become part of the problem) lending a hand (or a boat), area fitness studios are collecting donations.
- City Surf Austin, 1500 South Lamar Boulevard, Suite 130, is accepting contributions of bottled water, pet supplies, canned food, new underwear for men and women, and other dry goods to deliver to victims. For more information go here.
- Wanderlust Yoga, 206 East Fourth Street, is donating 100 percent of sales on Friday, Sept. 1, to the American Red Cross. The shop at the studio sells T-shirts, tanks, sweatshirts, yoga mats, hats, tops, yoga pants and more. For more information go here.
- Camp Gladiator is donating 100 percent of proceeds from a special $25 “relief” shirt to the American Red Cross. Place orders by Thursday here.
- The Barre Code, 2300 South Lamar Boulevard, has scheduled a donation-based high intensity interval training class at 7 p.m. tonight. Donations go to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey. Sign up online at http://www.thebarrecode.com/studio/austin/.
- Studio Mantra, 8127 Mesa Drive, is accepting donations of cash, check and unused gift cards (Target, WalMart, etc.); 100 percent of all donations will go to All Hands Volunteers and Habitat for Humanity. Also, donations of 5-gallon gas cans with gas, bottled water, non-perishable food, toilet paper, bandages, aspirin, bug spray, body wipes, tampons, diapers, batteries, work gloves, tarps and more will be delivered to help residents of Rockport. Bring items to the studio by Friday. For more information call 512-960-4660 or go to mantraaustin.com.
- The Bar Method, 1611 West Sixth Street, shared information from its sister studio in Houston, which has put out a call for donations to be shipped to The Bar Method Houston, 503 Westheimer Road, Houston 77006. The studio has also opened a PayPal account so people from anywhere can make a donation. Funds will be used to buy supplies and gift cards for victims and make donations to organizations helping in relief efforts. For more information email email@example.com.
- CrossFit Central has set up a GoFundMe account to help all of the CrossFit gyms that have been damaged and destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. To donate, go here. Both Austin locations of CrossFit Central – 702 East Third Street and 6205 Burnet Road – will also hold a donation-based workout open to everyone on Monday, Sept. 4. Funds raised will be donated to the gyms in need.
- Castle Hill Fitness, 1112 North Lamar Boulevard, is asking for donations of clothing (larger sizes are ideal), socks, baby clothes, wipes, diapers, canned food, baby formula, bottled water, new underwear, toiletries, hand sanitizer, towels and blankets. Drop off contributions by Tuesday. For more information go here.
- Dancers Shape, 5350 Burnet Road Suite 7, will donate 25 percent of all sales on Sept. 9, the day of the studio’s cardio kickoff event, to Mayor Turner’s Hurricane Relief Fund. The studio will also collect cash donations for the fund at the studio. Studio founder Jennifer McCamish is a Houston native.
- Love Cycling Studio, 507 Pressler Street, is donation 100 percent of proceeds from classes Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 2-4, to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. For more information go here.
- Rogue Running, 410 Pressler Street, is collecting donations at the kick-off for this year’s Austin Marathon & Half Marathon Training at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 2. Needed items include new undergarments and socks, toiletries, new bed pillows and blankets, cleanup supplies, work gloves, inflatable mattresses, box fans and more (no used clothing please.) The items will go to the Austin Disaster Relief Network. Donations will also be accepted here.
- Soul Cycle, 401 Congress Avenue, will hold a Houston Relief Ride at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2. All proceeds will be donated to organizations helping with hurricane disaster relief. For more information go here.
- Treehouse Yoga, 2525 Wallingwood Drive, Building 1, is offering a free yoga class (and bagels from Wholly Bagel!) at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays during September. Charitable goods and donations will be given to those affected by the hurricane. The studio is also collecting toiletries, cleaning supplies, leather work gloves, hand sanitizer, first-aid supplies, non-perishable foods and more. For more information go here.
If you decide to give, make sure you do it wisely. Often, cash is the best way most people can help, experts say.
Know of another fitness center, exercise group or club that’s helping out with hurricane relief efforts? Email Pam LeBlanc at firstname.lastname@example.org or post below this blog.