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Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent: How your family can help

Metropolitan Ministries is a local, independent, faith-based nonprofit committed to providing hope. They’ve been doing it since 1972 through services for poor and homeless families in Tampa Bay. 

Imagine what it would feel like to tell your children that there’s nothing to eat today.  That’s exactly what thousands of struggling moms and dads in the Tampa Bay region are facing when they come to Metropolitan Ministries for holiday assistance.  For them, hunger is a constant companion.  At Metropolitan Ministries HOPE starts with a meal and leads to life-change.   

Related: 9 ways your family can volunteer together in Tampa Bay

This year, the Ministries expects to serve 18,000 families throughout Tampa Bay this holiday season. Many are experiencing elongated hardships because of Hurricane Irma’s impact. They invite you to join the BE HOPE campaign and visit their holiday tent in this season of giving. Here are five ways to get involved: 

Volunteer. Volunteering at Metropolitan Ministries offers you the opportunity to see The Ministries’ mission at face-value. Volunteers are crucial in the non-profit world and especially in an operation like the Holiday Tent – it’s the size of a football field. Be Hope today in a multitude of areas including food shopping with families, toy shopping with families, serving in the hospitality area, receiving donations, sorting non-perishable food, and sorting toys and gifts. You can volunteer as an individual, group, or family. 

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Host a Drive. Hope is in your hands this holiday season. By hosting a drive for essential food and gifts, you can literally change a family’s holiday into a joyful experience. Most needed items include: canned yams, canned fruit, cereal, starches, stuffing, and turkeys. New gifts for infants and teens are always a great need during Christmas time. Or shop in Metro’s online store to give most need items 

Amazon Smile. Did you know you can help Metropolitan Ministries while doing your online Christmas shopping? AmazonSmile is a great way to accomplish two things on your checklist. When you purchase an eligible item on AmazonSmile, 0.5% of your purchase will go to the charity of our choice. We hope you choose Metropolitan Ministries this season! 

Social Enterprise. By supporting the Ministries’ social enterprises, Inside the Box or their NEW shop, Dough Nation, you are directly supporting Metropolitan Ministries’ mission. Cater your next office party with Inside the Box today or stop by Dough Nation for a deliciously divine cookie dough sundae! All information on Inside the Box can be found on while all Dough Nation information can be found on 

Donate or Shop on the Website. At Metropolitan Ministries, because most of the food is donated, just $1.96 will feed one person. #BeHope this season and give what you can via a monetary gift or shopping online in our store. Join Metropolitan Ministries for #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving on November 28th, and be a part of the movement. Each gift is matched now through 12/31, so your gift has double the impact! Another way to give is to create a Facebook fundraiser for the Ministries – invite your friends! 

Learn more about how to give here: 




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