Welcome to The Gift Room Project - our foundation in the making.
The Gift room was originally inspired by Barbara Walters. Christine was Barbara's exercise therapist and Barbara was Christine's friend and mentor for over 25 years. Barbara was an avid supporter and generous donor to the Pediatric Oncology Program at Columbia University Medical Center that Christine ran for over 2 decades. During that time Christine developed the Integrative Therapies program for patients going through treatment while continuing to travel with high end, celebrity clients when she was able to. She realized that these two populations could help each other out. All of her celebrity clients seemed to have one thing in common....a gift closet where they store all unused very expensive gifts that other friends and celebrities and philanthropic charity events have given them. For years she told Barbara how ridiculous it was that so many wealthy people have these gift closets full of millions of dollars worth of merchandise that is not being used. They laughed and joked for years that Christine was going to liquidate everyone's gift rooms and auction all the merchandise and use the money to help out families in need.
Barbara was truly Christine's inspiration and a huge part of her life. When Christine sold the apartment in 2016, she decided to create this space of community and wellness called Body Mantra and Barre and to start "The Gift Room" in her honor.
"Everyone has something to give and if just one of us shows compassion then just maybe we will cause a chain reaction."