Curves of Summerville is encouraging women in the area to show their philanthropic

strength by participating in the annual Curves Food Drive.

The club is offering compelling incentives for both existing and potential members who

participate.

Through March 31, Curves of Summerville will collect non-perishable items and monetary donations for food banks in the local area.  The goal, according to Rion Rampey of Curves of Summerville, is for the community to come together to help families in need.

"At the core of our business is the message that women are stronger when they rally together, and that is the point we hope to bring home with our food drive," said Rampey.  "We want to show our community just how powerful the generosity of our members can be."

According to Rampey, members who donate a bag of groceries or make a minimum donation of $30 during the month of March will receive a reusable Curves grocery freezer bag for free.  Non-members who do likewise between March 8 and 20 can join Curves for free. Curves will waive the cost to join.

Rampey says that as part of this effort, Curves of Summerville will be participating in a company-wide contest for the most food drive donations collected by Curves locations across the nation.  Winners will receive one of several cash prizes to be donated to their local food bank.

Each year, Curves locations collectively donate millions of pounds of food to feed

the hungry.

"We hope women in the Summerville area will come together and participate in this initiative," added Rampey.  "Even if youíre not thinking about joining a gym, you can still drop off your donations. There are so many families ñ right here in our own community ñ who need our help."

For more information about Curves of Summerville, located at 1525-K Old

Trolley Rd., and the Curves Food Drive, contact Rion Rampey at

843-486-0888 or 9ZM3BML@curvesmail.com. To learn more about Curves, visit www.curves.com.