Thursday, November 08, 2012
It's not often that I make a choice that is dead on...I made such a choice when I selected my Box -- CFPV!
The owners and coaches have made CFPV a warm and inviting community for its members to achieve their fitness goals. CFPV also has a 'heart' that embodies the spirit of charity that you do not find in big, more commercial chain gyms. That spirit of charity is demonstrated in the causes they support and the way they band together to help each other. This was demonstrated the days after Sandy.
We are all dealing with some form of aftermath from 'Sandy' -- whether we were directly affected (I.e., power loss, property damage, etc.) or indirectly affected (I.e., confined to home due to down trees/power lines, no gas, etc.). To add insult to injury, we just went through another storm -- a nor'easter.
Many people in the region have lost everything....homes, cars, family mementos and loved ones. I'm one of the lucky ones. I have only had to deal with long gas lines and a very, very brief power outage.
As state officials try to determine the extent of the damage and next steps, many people are wondering how they are going to survive and rebuild. Those who lost their homes are wondering where their families will lay their heads once the shelters close. Many are trying to deal with daily survival (food to eat, warm places to stay, clothes to wear, etc.) while they wait for insurance claims to be filed and paid. With the emotional impact of the devastation, these day-to-day cares are too much to handle.
That's where the heroes come in --- every day people who opened their hearts to the hardship of those around them...even when they, too, are dealing with Sandy-related challenges! CFPV is one of these heroes.
During the storm, CFPV lost power. The day after, CFPV was open for one WOD (in the dark) for those who needed to have a sense of normalcy and routine from the aftermath of Sandy. CFPV worked tirelessly to keep the Box open (with/without power) in the days that follow to help us all manage the stress of the situation..even while dealing with personal power outages. Pete, the owner, also reached out to all members to ensure we were safe and offered assistance to anyone who needed it. In addition, he waived the monthly membership fee for those dealing with unexpected expenditures because of Sandy.
If that wasn't enough...
When a member jokingly mentioned that he could use some help moving his office into a temporary location after his building lost its roof, CFPV responded instantly to the request...even making the move that day's WOD!
And that's not all! There a number of stories that I could write to illustrate CFPV's heart!
These and the charities supported are just a few of the ways CFPV extends a helping hand! I am glad to be affiliated with such a generous Box!
Below is the caption for the move WOD. Need I say more?
'Instead of make-up WODs today, those of us that are able to, will be helping J move the contents of his office that was destroyed during the storm to a temporary office space and later will be making an attempt to get some food and water and get it to some shelters in Little Ferry. This is the perfect opportunity to put your “CrossFit-ness” to use and provide some real assistance to someone who needs it. Don’t worry about gas or food, just show up at CFPV at 8:45am and we will go together. If you see this post late, call the gym and we will make arrangements to get you there.
CFPV will be back operating on our regular schedule beginning tomorrow, November 3.'