LEXINGTON -- If you’re looking for a chance to get in a pre-Turkey workout and contribute to a worthy cause, there’s still time to sign up for the Thanksgiving Day Charity Blitz at Black Iron Fitness in Lexington.
The event starts on Thanksgiving morning at 7 a.m. in the Black Iron Fitness training and wellness center, located at the back of the property.
Participants will go through a blood-pumping circuit of fitness courses that includes kickboxing, tabata, STEP, POUND, yoga and a barre class.
Each course will be 15 minutes long. The event will be limited to 45 people (split into three groups) in order to comply with social distancing guidelines.
Participants can sign up online or pay at the door. There is no gym membership required. Entry costs $8 and all of the proceeds will go to an addiction outreach ministry led by Stan and Jen Lemon of Fusion Church.
“They're good friends of ours,” gym owner Wes Jones said. “There’s not a lot being done in the community (to help overdose victims) because of COVID, yet ODs are up because of COVID.”
The Lemons began volunteering with the Richland County Opiate Board just six months after losing their son, Nick, to addiction in March 2017.
“(Nick) never met anybody that wasn’t a friend,” Jen Lemon said. “He loved to garden. He loved music. He always had the best smile and a big heart.”
About a year ago, the Lemons began assembling bags of personal care items for those in recovery.
“Whenever I go out on a run with the Opiate Response Team, I take a bag of personal care items with me to give to the person,” Jen said.
They also prepare care bags for the clients at Catalyst Life Services’ New Beginnings treatment facility.
“Whenever anybody checks in, they're automatically there on their beds,” Lemon said. “A lot of (the clients) come in there and they don't have anything, so we make sure they have shampoo, conditioner, hair brushes. . . right now they have winter hats and gloves. We’re just trying to let them know that people do care about them.
“I think the more you can pour into people with addiction and let them know that they do matter to people, the better their recovery is going to be."
The money raised during the Thanksgiving blitz will go towards the personal care bags, as well as supplies for a weekly art therapy class at New Beginnings.
“I think that art is also really important in their healing process and a good outlet,” Lemon said.
Lemon and her husband are working on launching an official ministry through Fusion called The 11.22 Project. Donations to the ministry can be made at the church or on the website.