Push-ups before pumpkin pie, a Thanksgiving tradition for some in Huntsville

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - On a cold and damp Thanksgiving morning, more than three-dozen people ran, jumped, stretched and laughed in a Huntsville parking lot.

Like many Thanksgiving traditions, this one also involved food. Although in this case, it was about providing food for the needy.

For the last several years, Huntsville Adventure Boot Camp owner Joe Martin has led a Thanksgiving class to benefit a local charity.

This year's recipient was a non-profit that offers food assistance to struggling families.

For each person who showed up to the free class, Martin donated $10 to Manna House. The class raised a total of $570, in addition to a substantial amount of canned food for the charity.

Asked why he chose Manna House, Martin said, "when you're feeding people, you're doing the Lord's work and that's what Thanksgiving is all about...helping other people and being thankful for what you have."

While Huntsville Adventure Boot Camp is usually for women only, the charity class is open to anyone. Many members brought their husbands and children.