KILLEEN — When participants in Heritage Park Fitness’ Biggest Loser Contest wanted to get rid of tempting holiday candy, they knew just who to give it to.

Michael Sheppard, HP Fitness owner, delivered more than 25 pounds of candy to the local Families in Crisis center Tuesday.

HP Fitness Biggest Loser contestants were asked to bring in leftover Halloween candy and treats prior to their final weigh-ins Nov. 8, said Kristen Dunlap, the gym’s wellness coordinator.

“Heritage Park had to come up with a way to help the participants stay strong and get rid of temptation from Halloween candy and treats, while at the same time not being wasteful,” Dunlap said.

Shakinah Marion, Families in Crisis volunteer coordinator, said it wasn’t the first time the gym has helped the organization.

“Heritage Park Fitness is always keeping us in mind and try to help and give us things when they possibly can,” Marion said.

In June, the gym donated more than $1,000 during its 1,000 Rep Challenge to the center’s new homeless shelter set to open in 2015.

Marion said the nonprofit organization assists those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault or homelessness.

Dunlap said the gym’s Vixen Muscle training program, led by Shauna Cremean, will benefit the center again with its “Holiday Hustle” scavenger hunt.

The Vixen Muscle Holiday Hustle is set for 8 a.m. Dec. 6 at the gym, 903 Mountain Lion Circle in Harker Heights.

Each team must consist of four members male or female dressed in Christmas attire.

Each team must donate $75 worth of new items such as diapers, new toys, clothing and toiletries to benefit Families in Crisis.

Interested participants can call Cremean at 254-251-5727, email vixenmuscle@gmail.com or register online at www.vixenmuscle.com/Holiday-Hustle.

“We’re really happy to have people help within the community that are willing to dedicate the time to do things like that for us,” Marion said.

Contact Rachael Riley at rriley@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7553

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