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Working out will help keep young kids warm

Working out will help keep young kids warm

Fitness center waives boot camp clrop-in fee for donations of coats or cash

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You can work up a sweat Saturday and help keep Omaha children warm.

A free boot camp class in La Vista is doubling as a coat drive. The class will be from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday at Warrior Fitness, 13239 Portal Drive.

Participants can donate money or a new coat for an elementary school-aged child instead of paying a drop-in fee to work out. Donations of new hats and gloves are also encouraged.

The boot camp class is open to the public, and all fitness levels are welcome. The workout will focus on body-weight movements and interval training.

The fitness class is part of a larger charitable campaign to help local youths. The effort has brought in enough donations to buy 102 new coats for elementary school students at Lothrop Magnet Center in north Omaha and Banister's Leadership Academy near 38th and Leavenworth Streets.

Additional coats, gloves and hats collected through the event will be donated to local nonprofits such as 100 Black Men of Omaha, which focuses on education, health and economic empowerment.

"It has turned into something more than I ever expected," said Shana Skillstad, one of the event organizers.

"I am very thankful for everyone who has helped."

Skillstad, who runs an online fitness and nutrition consulting company called Fitucate, teamed up with Warrior Fitness, Douglas County Treasurer John W. Ewing Jr. and several local organizations to make the event possible.

A presentation to students at Lothrop Magnet Center will be held Thursday at 10 a.m.

"We are helping a lot of kids," said Chet Fortune, owner of Warrior Fitness. "It's a great feeling for us."

Contact the writer:

402-444-1336, ieia.mendoza@owh.com twitter.com/LeiaMendoza

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