EAST LIVERPOOL - As its name implies, Team Impact, a new fitness center in the East End of the city, has teamed up with other agencies with an eye toward having an impact on hunger.
Owned and operated by husband and wife Tom and Megan Beagle, Team Impact is located in the former Thrifty City building on Pennsylvania Avenue.
The facility was started by Harry and Deb Stewart for mixed martial arts and boxing, and the Beagles joined forces with them to offer power fitness, Zumba, yoga, cardio kickboxing, weight lifting, a sauna and more.
Tom and Megan Beagle, of Team Impact, are soliciting donations of food and money to be distributed to underprivileged families at Thanksgiving, with some donations already accepted. (Photo by Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert)
The plan is to transform the former department store and, more recently, the closed skating rink, into a fitness and family center, according to Megan Beagle, who said an open house is being planned for Oct. 5.
"We want to bring health, fitness, well-being and positive living to the area," she said, adding they also hope to "get kids off the street."
After their next-door neighbor, DPS Penn, donated "countless" canvas tote bags to the facility, the Beagles decided rather than give them away empty, they would fill them with groceries and distribute them to local families at Thanksgiving.
Currently, they are seeking donations of canned goods, non-perishable foods and cash that will be used for vouchers to purchase turkeys and hams, with the items to be distributed to people the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
"We will try to find families who need them," Megan said, adding they have partnered with Team Mojo and the Salvation Army to help find those families.
Team Mojo has also already donated cash toward the vouchers, she said.
Volunteers are also being sought to help deliver the grocery-filled tote bags before the holiday.
"We love the feeling of helping other people. There's no better feeling," Megan said, adding that some food has already been donated but more is needed.
Anyone interested can drop off donations of food or cash at Team Impact, 1571 Pennsylvania Ave., or can contact Megan at 330-853-9456.