EAST AMHERST, NY (WKBW) – As people come to Hybrid Performance Gym in East Amherst to achieve their fitness goals, the owner is reaching for his own goal, to help ensure kids in our community have that that they need.
They have weights, treadmills, medicine balls but also colored pencils, erasers and notebooks.
“I know that in these trying times, these things can be hard to afford,” said Seton McDuffie, owner.
He opened the gym 7 months ago and says one of his goals is to start a program where he could give back to downtown students.
“I would love to help them understand nutrition in general, financial literacy, and a bunch of different things,” McDuffie said.
He wants to teach nutrition to the black community due to the high rates of cardiovascular disease in the community. So, with Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaching, he thought it was the perfect time to start.
So he asked his friend Angel, who teaches at Buffalo Public School 53, how he could help.
His answer: school supplies.
“She was talking about how hard it was for people to afford these things. How they have to borrow and use other students. I was like you know what, I think I can ask my gym and my members to help me with that.” McDuffie said.
Here’s what they’re looking for:
- Reusable water bottles
- Pencils, pens, colored pencils, markers, crayons
- Small sharpeners
- iPad charger, charging pads
- Pencil bags
And for the past few weeks, the members have been telling him that’s an amazing idea. They have two huge supply bins.
“We have cash and checks, the response has been overwhelming,” McDuffie said.
And when he told Angel, she was thrilled.
“She was like you know how much that would help? It would make my job a lot easier and definitely make them feel a lot better,” McDuffie.
It’s about honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but McDuffie says he’s just getting started.
“I think I would rather just go to a school every year. It’s a small step in what I want to do overall to help the community and I think that first step will help me build momentum and continue to do great things for the downtown community,” McDufffie said.
So they’ll drop the trash and hundreds of dollars at PS 53 on MLK Day, which means there’s still time for you to donate.
You can come to the gym here at 9648 Transit Rd. or email McDuffie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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