The tornado that ripped through Moore, OK, on Monday damaged the Anytime Fitness club in the town and left several hundred of the club's members homeless.
The Anytime Fitness corporate office in Hastings, MN, is making plans to send relief efforts to families in Moore, Club Industry has learned. No injuries at the club, which is without power and water, have been reported. The club opened in 2006 and has nearly 1,400 members.
As of Tuesday afternoon, 24 people have been confirmed dead, including nine children, and more than 230 are injured as a result of the Moore EF-5 tornado. Rescue efforts to find possible survivors continue.
Two years ago Wednesday, an EF-5 tornado killed 162 people, injured 1,100 and destroyed several businesses in Joplin, MO, including the Olympic Fitness Club. Residents of Joplin have reached out to Moore in relief efforts over the past two days.
The American Red Cross is accepting donations by visiting redcross.org, dialing 1-800-REDCROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999 for a $10 donation.
Moore is a suburb of Oklahoma City, where Anytime Fitness co-founders Chuck Runyon and Dave Mortensen filmed an episode of "Secret Millionaire," which aired last summer. At the end of the show, Runyon and Mortensen donated thousands of dollars to local organizations, including the Oklahoma City Youth Wrestling Foundation, which received an entire Anytime Fitness club.