Metropolitan Ministries: Thanksgiving help for Tampa Bay's families

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Tampa, Florida -- If you need help this Thanksgiving season, or know a family who could use the extra boost, Metropolitan Ministries is ready to help.

You can call Metropolitan Ministries to learn more at 813-209-1218.  People are encouraged to register as early as possible.

See Also: Register for Help

Metropolitan Ministries estimates it will be serving 35,640 meals this Thanksgiving. While the unemployment rate in Florida has dropped from this time last year, many families are still struggling.

You can help your neighbors simply by making a monetary donation or food donation. A $25 donation will provide a family with a takeaway Box of Hope, containing a complete Thanksgiving meal... turkey and all.

Click: How to Donate

A $35 monetary donation will provide a child with toys and stocking stuffers for the holiday season.

A small donation of $1.76 provides a Thanksgiving meal for a hungry person at one of the Thanksgiving meal locations throughout Tampa Bay.

If you've donated to Metropolitan Ministries in the past, you will find that the Holiday Tent in Tampa has moved from the Metropolitan Ministries site on North Florida Avenue to 400 W. Palm Avenue, a few blocks away.

The location was donated for use during the holidays by SOHO Properties. Metropolitan Ministries is working on constructing Miracle Place, transitional housing for families where the Holiday Tent once stood.

The Holiday Tent opens on Thursday.

Donations needed: turkey or gift certificate, box of cereal, can of fruit, yams, stuffing, cranberry sauce, can of vegetables, dessert mix, gravy, rice, Jello/pudding, potatoes, teen and infant toys.

Metropolitan Ministries by-the-numbers:

  • $1.76 provides a Thanksgiving meal for a hungry person
  • 25,900: Number of families Metropolitan Ministries will serve this holiday season.
  • 26,190: Number of children served in those families
  • 10,000: Number of volunteers that make holiday assistance possible
  • 17,755: Number of homeless in Hillsborough County (Tampa leads the country in the homelessness rate)
  • 8,474: Number of homeless children in the greater Tampa area

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