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It Started with Sneakers

Posted on July 15, 2016

We know that getting ready to go back to school is a struggle for a lot of families, especially families who are couch-surfing or living in their cars or in the woods.

From binders to backpacks to clothing and shoes, the average dollars spent for back to school is around $634. We know that this is a struggle for a lot of families, especially families living at Metropolitan Ministries.

“We had to do something,” Rev. Morris E. Hintzman remembers…

As Morris said, some less fortunate children were being teased. Unfortunately, it hasn’t changed over the years. Children, especially poor and homeless children, experience bullying about their clothes, backpacks and even their lack of school supplies.

YOU can help build their self-confidence.

With your help, children will not only be provided with what they need to be successful in school, they will also have a safe place to sleep, three hot nutritious meals a day, and an after-school program to help with homework—all in a loving and caring environment.

Help these children start the school year on the right foot. YOU can purchase shoes, school supplies and clothing online at our Backpacks of Hope store, make a financial donation or if you prefer you can drop-off your donations.

Drop off your donations at:

2101 North Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
Phone: 813.209.1068

Monday - Friday:
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 4pm

Donation Drop-off Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 8am - 4:30pm
Pick Up For Large Donations: Phone Number: (813) 209-1060

What started as a need for sneakers became Backpacks of Hope and then grew to meet all the needs of hurting children.

Whatever you decide to do, please know we are extremely grateful, and the children will have renewed hope for a brighter future.

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