Anne Gordon's six-year-old daughter Georgia wanted to know if Santa Claus visited children who were in the hospital at Christmas and whether they would receive presents on Christmas Day.
Gordon decided she wanted to do something to make sure children at BC Children's Hospital had presents at Christmas, and she's drawing on her zumba skills to make this happen.
This Saturday, she will lead a Zumbathon in Langley and the price of admission is an unwrapped toy. (See list of toys at www.langleyadvance.com.)
"Bring in a toy and in return you get to dance, sweat, laugh, smile and have tons of fun," Gordon said.
Gordon said since it's the "season of giving," she wanted to do something "awesome" this year at Christmas and for the children who have to spend the holiday in hospital.
"With your help, I want to make a child's Christmas brighter and what better way than to provide a infant, child, tween, [or] teen with something of their very own on Christmas morning," Gordon said.
In her zumba classes, men and women of all ages, shapes, and fitness levels come out to what she calls "exercise in disguise," describing it as "a Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party."
Participants can alter their moves during zumba according to their fitness level, Gordon said.
Classes are about an hour long and incorporate different dance styles, for example, cumbia, merengue, salsa, reggaeton, mambo, rumba, flamenco, tango and calypso.
Gordon chalks up the growing popularity to the fact it's easy and fun. Using resistance training and interval training, it's good for all-body toning, she added.
Participants should wear clothing to move freely and lateral support footwear (no bare feet). The Zumbathon is at Dancing for Dessert Ballroom at #3 - 20279 97th Ave. The owner has donated the space.
Wish List - 2012
Infants and Toddlers
Plastic washable infant toys (rattles, teethers, toys that light up or make sounds, activity centre type toys)
Baby crib aquariums, small baby rattles, infant musical wind-up toys, especially with wind-up, not battery operated, music boxes.
Baby board books with photos of real babies
Crib-mounted mural books - washable
Cars and trucks
Washable, plastic musical instruments
Music CDs for infants/toddlers
Toys and Games (washable)
Thomas the Train (or other) trains
Mr. Potato Head
"Totally Me!" beading kits
Small cars and trucks (Hot Wheels)
Lap tables for children to use in bed
Fisher Price Toys: small "family" dolls with movable parts, and household furniture, cash register, Medical Kits (and ones with blood pressure cuffs), etc.
Small sets of Lego Building kits with instructions (more complex for older kids)
15-20 piece wooden puzzles and 30-100 Piece thick cardboard puzzles (age 3-4)
Melissa and Doug "Exclusive Magnetic Body Playset" (available through Indigo)
Melissa and Doug "Decorate your own wooden race car" kits or other kits
Washable 6" to 10" baby dolls, with clothes and blankets
Assorted board games for all age groups. Guess Who, Connect Four, Taboo, Trouble, checkers, memory games
Mind games like Rubiks' cube, or other hand manipulated mind games
Bop-it, Etch-a sketch
Decks of cards
Playmobil play sets
Polly Pocket sets
"I-Spy" books, "Where's Waldo" books, Disney theme "Seek & Find" books
CDs of children's music
Musical instruments from empiremusic.ca
Little People sets
Strawberry Shortcake sets
Littlest Pet Shop sets
My Little Pony
CD's - pop, rock, country, relaxation music, compilation albums, Top 40
iTunes gift cards
Paintable items like picture frames, T-shirts, terra cotta pots and boxes, canvases, paints
Magazine subscriptions (Teen People, Snowboarding, Tony Hawke, fashion, health & fitness)
Beauty Products - nail polish, hair accessories, bath products, travel size shampoo, conditioner and creams etc.
Board games - Risk, Cranium, and Mind Games
Beading supplies including hemp, clasps, crimp beads, stretch plastic lacing and tools
Books on CD
Big craft projects that take time to build
Mugs and Starbucks gift cards
Hoodies, pajama sets, purses/bags
iTunes gift cards
Mario games of any kind
Insignia 24" LCD TVs
*Nintendo DS and games (especially Mario games [Mario Cart, Super Mario Bros], racing games, and "Lego" games)
iPod docking stations
Playstation 3 (PS3)
PS3 Games (rated E for everyone)
Xbox 360 Controllers
Nintendo Wii and games
Wii remotes and Wii nunchuks
Adolescent DVDs (rated only as high as 14A) - especially new releases
Adolescent DVDs of live concerts (Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry)
Children's DVDs (G or PG ratings) (Barbie Princess movies, Disney Princess movies)
X-Box 360 games and remotes
Universal remote controls
Digital cameras and small HP printing stations for each unit (10)
Portable DVD players
Small DVD players for attaching to TVs
Snoezelen accessories (available through Flaghouse website)
Gift cards for Future Shop, Chapters, Best Buy, iTunes, etc (in small denomination)
Music/ musical equipment
Children's music CD's - please contact the Child Life Department for current artists. (604-875-2345, x7686)
Unlimited quantities of such things as: Pony Beads and plastic lace (lots!); craft kits - ie. small simple bead or paint kits; wooden/ceramic paintable craft items; wooden picture frames; artist's quality watercolour or sketching paper; charcoal, and real sketching pencils; Crayola markers for the younger children
Small plastic paint palettes for mixing paint colours
Big foam stickers
Children's drip-proof paint pots with lids and paint brushes
Small craft kits with all supplies needed included in the package
Children's scissors (both straight and patterned edges)
Crayons, felts, pencil crayons, feathers, pompoms, sequins
Glueable or peel-&-stick foam shapes, letters, holiday-themed shapes
Stamps/patterned hole punches
Scrapbooking supplies (acid free paper, glue sticks, acid free stickers, albums, etc.)
Knitting kits (how-to books, with yard and needles)
Gift cards for patient birthdays (in small denominations)
iTunes gift cards
Opus Framing, Michael's, or other craft supply store