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Gyms are looking for ways to help the community

Gyms are now shut down but it hasn’t stopped owners from lending a helping hand.

SAN ANGELO, Texas — As of 8 a.m. Tuesday gyms are temporarily shut down to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Gyms are looking like ghost towns, and the shutdown has left many gym owners in limbo about the future of their business.

Fitness 1440 Owner Chris DeLeon is one of the many owners affected by the shutdown. He had mixed emotions when he heard the news.

"Honestly I've been through a serious of emotions with all this happening," DeLeon said. "You get a little sad, a little angry - but I decided with all this time, I'm going to use it to capitalize on the current situation."

DeLeon is not able to help his clients right now, but he is taking this time and using it as a positive.

He was able to donate hand sanitizer to someone in need. Even though it was not a large amount, it was the act that mattered to him.

"I've always lived my life always doing the right thing, always have good intentions and for me it wasn't really a hard decision," DeLeon said.

He’s now trying to get more supplies if he sees them around to donate to those in need.

"Just because I don't need someone else might," DeLeon said.
Some gyms are struggling, however, and are not able to donate to the community.

"We are a much smaller scale and we already have a dwindling of stock of cleaning supplies," The Bar Athletic Club owner Tommy Janusz said.

Janusz has experienced first-hand how hard it can be to get any type of cleaning supplies.

"What I did get a hold of probably a week before this happened I payed like triple," Janusz said. "We will get through this at a point where everything is perfect and normal again."

Despite these tough times, Janusz encourages everyone to stay positive. This shutdown is only temporary and will not last forever.