The new year is a time when more people start to hit the gym. For Planet Fitness staff, it’s a time to hit the streets and spread cheer beyond the holidays.

Michelle Ivey and Holly Herring are the gym’s Kindness Car drivers.

A few times a week, they drive around and perform good deeds for strangers, like putting nice notes on windshields or giving out goodies to high school students before finals.

“We’ve been to the post office right before Christmas which was always a pretty intense place to be because everybody was getting last-minute stuff. We spread cheer to the line that was 40-people long,” said Herring.

On Monday, they stopped at Subway to stock up on sandwiches for first responders.

“We’re going to head to one of the fire stations first and surprise them with lunch. It’s going to be great,” Herring said.

Planet Fitness is opening new locations in Eagle River and Wasilla in February. The Kindness Car is part of its effort to be more involved in the community.

“I get so much from the response and how receptive people are to us. It just makes my day. It’s an awesome job to have,” Ivey said.

They delivered the subs to firefighters at West Lakes Station 7-3.

“We’re spreading cheer and kindness,” Herring told the fire chief. “This is a good time of year to remind people it’s still happy and put a smile on your face. Thank you for being awesome and saving the day.”

The simple acts go a long way to let people know they’re appreciated.

Planet Fitness staff hope everyone makes a resolution to be kinder and pay it forward in the new year.

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated the locations in the Valley are slated to open next month. They are scheduled to open in February.

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