Fundraiser for Green family set

Swink Athletics, CrossFit Midlothian offering $5 workouts Saturday; all proceeds benefit family whose home hit by lightning

Bill Spinks
Midlothian Mirror
Midlothian Fire Department units respond to a fire caused by a lightning strike the night of Sept. 30. Two Midlothian gymnasiums are coming together to hold a fundraising event for the Green family on Saturday.

Two Midlothian gymnasiums are joining forces for a fundraising event to benefit a family whose house was hit by lightning and suffered major fire damage in late September.

Swink Athletics and Thin Line Fit / CrossFit Midlothian will co-host the fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 6. It will be held at Swink Athletics at 1411 North Highway 67.

“We’ve always thought that community was the main focus,” said Andre Jones, owner of Swink Athletics. “We don’t think of ourselves as competitors.”

Swink Athletics will be offering workouts for only $5, There will be a raffle with tickets for $5 or five for $20. Superheroes will be onsite for photos with kids as well.

Corporate sponsorships are available for $50, $100 and $150, which will include benefits, CrossFit Midlothian owner/manager Kris Gill announced on social media.

All proceeds will benefit the Green family, who lost their home and belongings on Sept. 30 due to a lightning strike. The family had recently just moved in to their dream home in Midlothian and hadn’t even made their first mortgage payment yet, according to Michael Green.

Damage to the Green family home caused by a lightning strike the night of Sept. 30. Two Midlothian gymnasiums are coming together to hold a fundraising event for the family on Saturday.

Michael Green is a U.S. Army veteran who serves the community in law enforcement, and Christina Green is owner of Ice Bird Court in Midothian.

Michael Green posted a video on social media showing the damage to his family’s home. While the home was thankfully not completely destroyed, it sustained heavy smoke and water damage resulting in many tens of thousands of dollars in repairs. The house was fully insured, but repairs could take six to eight months to complete.

“A $5 entry fee is what we’re asking, but people can donate as much as they want,” Jones said. “We’re just trying to do as much as we can. I know it’s a limited time frame, so we decided to get as much information out as we could.”

The family’s main need is clothing for the adults, Michael Green posted on Facebook.

“I’m thankful for my support system and the health of my family and my work brothers and sisters who stepped up and took the day off and assisted me,” Green posted. “The support has been nothing shy of humbling and that is the only emotion that makes me wallow up in tears. A special Thank you to my neighbors for being right by us thru it all and checking on us.”

Damage to the Green family home caused by a lightning strike the night of Sept. 30. Two Midlothian gymnasiums are coming together to hold a fundraising event for the family on Saturday.

Jones and Swink Athletics have reached out to assist the community before. Last March, at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, all gymnasiums were ordered closed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. However, Swink Athletics put together a number of free online videos on its group Facebook page for those in the community who were self-isolating from the virus.

The videos proved immediately popular, with the Facebook group growing to 400 members in the first week and group members joining from as far away as Missouri. Jones later said those videos expanded to include yoga classes, healthy cooking classes and mindset videos, and his gym was able to actually add new members during the shutdown.

Gymnasiums were allowed to reopen last May at 25 percent capacity as the initial COVID wave faded and restrictions were gradually lifted.