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Children want basics for Christmas

A Champlain business owner is working to make the family’s holiday special

Global Fitness and Martial Art Club member Ralph Filion hands owner Joy Sarbou-Jubert a gift to help the family she is sponsoring for Christmas this year.

Global Fitness and Martial Art Club member Ralph Filion hands owner Joy Sarbou-Jubert a gift to help the family she is sponsoring for Christmas this year. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

CHAMPLAIN — Joy Sarbou-Jubert couldn’t hold back the tears as she read the four little girls’ Christmas lists.

Body wash, soap and shampoo; items not normally found on children’s wish lists.

“It breaks my heart,” said the owner of Global Fitness and Martial Art Club, 253 State Route 11.

“They are asking for basic, everyday needs.”

For five years now, her business has sponsored a family provided to them through JCEO, an organization that helps low-income families in Clinton and Franklin counties. This has been the toughest year yet, and not just emotionally.

Sarbou-Jubert needs help fulfilling the four girls’ Christmas lists and is reaching out to the community.

“Everyone is having a tough time, and our membership is down as well.”

That’s why, Sarbou-Jubert is being generous as well. Anyone who comes in with a purchased item from the wish list of the girls ages 5 through 15 will receive a free month membership at her business.

“Each year, our gym members are so generous when it comes to this stuff, and they help provide for the sponsor family,” she said. “You just hate not to be able to help get them what is on their list.”

“I want to ensure these children have a good Christmas.”

Plus, parents want to be able to provide for their children, she said.

She figures getting the community involved is a win-win situation.

“I am calling upon the community to help.”

Sarbou-Jubert said she understands it is a tough economy and many people are faced with tough times. She also knows everyone wants to do the right thing, and that giving spirit often comes out a little more around the holidays.

It is the right thing to do, said Sarbou-Jubert, who simply wants people to notice the angels on the mirror at her business that list a gift on each child’s wish list.

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