Bring a new or unwrapped toy to the Kroc Center on Saturday and get a free workout

This Saturday The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center will host its third annual “Aerobics Toy Drive Marathon,” an event which includes a free workout for anyone who brings a new, unwrapped toy.

Kate Cartmell O’Neil, senior account executive for the Salvation Army, says the center came up with the idea because it ties into the group’s focus on health and helping those in need.

“This event encourages members and newcomers to explore the space while giving back to the community through a toy donation to the people who need it most,” said O’Neil.

In 2011, O’Neil says about 300 toys were collected and this year the goal is to collect between 700 and 800 toys.

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During the event, guests can utilize the center’s gym and aquatics resources and participate in workout classes including aerobics, Pilates, cycling, and yoga. O’Neil says complimentary screenings of movement and blood pressure will also be available.

All of the toys collected will be given to underprivileged children in Philadelphia who will receive the toys through the Kind Family Resource Center, which provides families with toys during the holidays.

The “Aerobics Toy Drive Marathon” will take place at the center at 4200 Wissahickon Ave. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Visit to learn more.

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