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Metropolitan Ministries prepares to serve 20,000 families this holiday season

Metropolitan Ministries prepares to serve 20,000 families this holiday season, Calls on the community to join the “hope countdown”

WHAT: The holidays are a joyous time, but not for families in need or homeless. No food to prepare. No gifts to be givenMetropolitan Ministries once again aims to change this for 20,000 Tampa Bay families for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and preparations are now underway.

WHY: No one should go without a Thanksgiving or Christmas if we can do something about it as a community. The need has grown (more than 18,000 families were helped in 2017) due to the elongated hardships of hurricanes Irma and Maria and lack of affordable housing for those living on a fixed income or low wages. During the months of October through December, the Ministries sees a 20% jump in those seeking services at our outreach family resource centers—that’s more than 3,000 families a month. This is in addition to those seeking holiday assistance.

CALL TO ACTION: Metropolitan Ministries needs the Tampa Bay community’s help. If we all come together, every one of our neighbors in need can have a holiday. The most needed nonperishable items are cereal, potatoes, rice, beans, yams, stuffing, and turkeys. Volunteer leaders are also needed. The Ministries asks the community to join their “hope countdown” campaign to serve those who are suffering with food boxes, hot meals, toys for children, and most of all HOPE.

WHEN:  Registration for holiday assistance begins on October 10. The holiday tent opens on November 1 in Tampa/Hillsborough and on November 2 in Holiday/Pasco. The “hope countdown” is now through December 24, 2018.

Visit for details about how to get involved by hosting a donation drive, volunteering, or making a financial donation. Or, if you need help.  Keep checking back to see the variety of holiday partner locations throughout Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, and Polk counties.


Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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