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Watchung Gym Collects More Than 400 Gifts for Area Children

Donations from Renegade Gym members to be delivered on Dec. 18.

The staff and members of Renegade Gym have collected hundreds of gifts for area children at the holidays. Courtesy of Renegade Gym
The staff and members of Renegade Gym have collected hundreds of gifts for area children at the holidays. Courtesy of Renegade Gym

Renegade Gym in Watchung has spearheaded a Christmas gift drive made possible by its members which will benefit over eighty local children in the Warren-Watchung area, to result in more than 400 gifts being delivered for children in Central Jersey on December 18.

The children requested specific toys and articles of clothing through the Salvation Army’s Angel Sponsors program. The requests then were printed out as Christmas wish lists, given to members of the gym who purchased the gifts, according to a release from the Renegade Gym. 

More than 400 beautifully wrapped presents will be delivered to Major Verna LaSalle of the Salvation Army's South Plainfield office and given to the families on December 18, the news release said. According to the Salvation Army's Major LaSalle, Renegade Gym is one of the first local businesses to participate in this program.   

“There is such a great spirit of giving here at our gym,” said Jared Ferruggia, owner and head trainer of Renegade.  “I can't tell you how pleased we are to be able to make the Christmas wishes of so many kids come true."

He added, "The generosity of our members has been truly inspiring."

Renegade Gym, established in 1994, is a strength and conditioning facility located at 453 Watchung Avenue in Watchung. It offers group and personal training and focuses on Olympic lifting, active circuit training, gymnastics and mobility work for high school athletes and adults.  

Jared Ferruggia and his brother and partner Jason Ferruggia, have personally trained more than 700 athletes from over ninety NCAA, NFL, NHL and MLB organizations. They also work extensively with firefighters, police officers, military personnel and Hollywood entertainers, and have been authors, advisers and speakers on the subject of fitness and performance enhancement.

For more information, email info@renegadegymnj.com, or call Jess at 908-300-1385.

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