Holiday Central

Welcome to Holiday Central! Our one-stop place to learn about holiday volunteering, hosting a drive, making a donation or seeking help.

Watch the video to see inside the Holiday Tent!

The holidays are a time where we come together to witness the giving and receiving that exemplify community and allow miracles to happen. Food, prayer, toys, and love are offered to those who are suffering and in need of help. And that’s what the holidays at Metropolitan Ministries is all about. With the help of the community, 22,638 families and 19,126 children received holiday food and toys in 2013.

 Ways to give 

    Gift Catalog

    You can provide real, practical help for families in need right now with your purchase through our gift catalog. Thousands of people come to us each month for assistance. Sometimes their need is diapers, sometimes they’ve got nothing to put on the table for a holiday meal. Whatever the need, you can help! Shop our online catalog now and see how much good you can do!

    #Giving Tuesday

    We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014

    Donate

    Too busy drop of food or toys but you still want to help?  Here is a secure easy way to give online

    Amazon Smile

    You shop, Amazon gives! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Metropolitan Ministries, whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.

    Current Promotions

    We have businesses throughout the Tampa Bay area that are hosting food/toy drives and giving promotion deals for those who donate. Current Promotions.

    Sign Up to Host a Drive

    To find out more about hosting a drive, please email drivecoordinator@metromin.org or call 813-209-1034. Or sign up now!

Host a Drive

Choose the type of drive you want to do and start collecting! It’s that simple! We can schedule drives for a couple weeks or a couple months. We’ll even provide you with printable flyers for our most popular types of drives. We can provide you with collection barrels or boxes to use during your collection. You can schedule a time to come pick them up or we can have them delivered!

Sign Up to Host a Drive

To find out more about hosting a drive, please email drivecoordinator@metromin.org or call 813-209-1034. Or sign up now!

Food Drive

Hope starts with a meal! Anyone can host a food drive – individuals, businesses, civic organizations, congregations, and many more. Thanks to you, we provide nearly 1.5 million meals every year to hungry people in our community. Help collect our most needed holiday food items and put hope on a family’s holiday table.

Gift Cards

Choose a grocer or toy store, and we will do the shopping for you. Gift cards help us provide the most needed items for families each year.

Food List

bold items are most in demand

  • Turkeys
  • Cereal
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Yams
  • Bags or Boxes of Stuffing
  • Peanut Butter
  • Boxes of Macaroni and Cheese
  • Fresh Bread
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Bags or Cans of Beans
  • Bags of Rice
  • Canned or Boxed
  • Potatoes
  • Canned Cranberry
  • Sauce
  • Cans or Packets of Gravy
  • Dessert Mixes
  • Packaged Cookies or Pastries
  • Boxed Jell-O & Pudding

Sign Up to Host a Drive

To find out more about hosting a drive, please email drivecoordinator@metromin.org or call 813-209-1034. Or sign up now!

Printable Shopping List & Flyers

Shopping List

Holiday Poster

Holiday Drive

Toy Drive

Hosting a toy drive is a simple and fun way to get involved. From infants to teens, the need for holiday toys has never been greater. Host a drive for toys and give more children the opportunity to open hope during the holidays.

Gift Cards

Choose a grocer or toy store, and we will do the shopping for you. Gift cards help us provide the most needed items for families each year.

Toy List

bold items are most in demand

Infants

  • Crib & Stroller Toys
  • Early Learning Toys
  • Strollers & Car Seats
  • Bouncers & Walkers
  • Ages 1-4

  • Preschool Play Sets
  • Character Toys
  • Building Blocks
  • Baby Dolls
  • Learning Toys/Puzzles
  • Ages 5-11

  • Remote Control Cars
  • Electronic Games
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Fashion & Baby Dolls
  • Legos & Lego Sets
  • Current DVDs
  • Ages 12-17

  • Jewelry
  • Purse
  • Makeup
  • Hair Accessories
  • Cologne or Perfume
  • Footballs, Basketballs or Soccer Balls
  • Sports Clothing & Hats
  • Sketch Books & Pencils
  • Journals
  • DVD & MP3 Players
  • Current DVDs
  • Other Gift Ideas

  • Bicycles/Tricycles
  • Scooters
  • Skateboards
  • Pre-Paid Cell Phone
  • Gift Cards

  • Best Buy
  • Walmart
  • Target
  • Apple
  • iTunes
  • Claire’s
  • GameStop
  • Foot Locker
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Payless
  • Amazon

Sign Up to Host a Drive

To find out more about hosting a drive, please email drivecoordinator@metromin.org or call 813-209-1034. Or sign up now!

Printable Shopping List & Flyers

Shopping List

Holiday Poster

Holiday Drive

  Holiday drop off locations

    Hillsborough Dropoff

    Holiday Tent
    400 W Palm Ave
    Tampa, FL 33602

    St James UMC
    16202 Bruce B Downs Blvd.
    Tampa, FL 33647

    Dates

    Holiday Tent
    November 7th - November 26th
    December 1st - December 24th

    December 24th is the last day and closes at 3:15pm.



    St James UMC
    November 10th - November 26th
    December 8th - December 23rd

    Times

    Holiday Tent
    Monday - Saturday
    8:30am - 6:30pm
    Sunday
    12am - 4pm

    St James UMC
    10am - 3pm

    Pasco Dropoff

    Holiday Tent
    3214 US Highway 19
    Holiday, FL 34691

    Keystone Community Church
    21010 St. Rd. 54
    Lutz, FL 33558

    Dates

    Holiday Tent
    Starting November 3rd, Closed November 27th, 28th, 29th

    Keystone Community Church
    TBD

    Times

    Holiday Tent
    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
    9am - 4pm
    Tuesday & Friday
    9am - 12pm
    Saturday
    10am - 2pm
    Sunday
    12pm - 3pm

    Keystone Community Church
    TBD

  Volunteer throughout Tampa Bay

Individual Volunteers

Support the holidays on campus and at the tent. We have volunteer opportunities in multiple locations throughout the Tampa Bay area.

Tampa Volunteers

Pasco Volunteers

Pinellas Volunteers

Group Volunteers

Support the holidays on campus and at the tent. We have group volunteer opportunities in multiple locations throughout the Tampa Bay area. Please fill out the form below and we will have someone contact you with more information!

We are currently full for group volunteer opportunities for Thanksgiving for the Holiday Tent but we still have open group opportunities on campus.  

Holiday Shift times
Monday - Saturday
8:45am - 11:30am
11am - 1:45pm
1:15pm - 4pm
3:30pm - 6:15pm

Thanksgiving Distribution
November 20th - 26th

Christmas Distribution
December 13th - 14th
December 17th - 21st
December 23rd - 24th

 

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Entertainment

We are looking for volunteers to provide entertainment in the holiday tent. If you can sing, play an instrument or have any talents, we want you!

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You will be contacted via email or phone after you have completed the form.

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Chapel

We are looking for volunteers that feel they are strong in their spiritual walk to provide prayer for families in need.

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  Need help?

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    Client Registration

    Client registration process begins at the Holiday Tent.

    Do I Qualify?

    Individuals and families with minor age children (0-17) struggling financially.

  • Families that are currently receiving Food Stamps, Cash Assistance, Medicaid, SSI, SSD, and Unemployment Benefits
  • Senior citizens, 62 years or older, struggling financially and or receiving social security income only
  • What Do I Bring?

  • Photo I.D. for applying adults
  • Social Security cards or birth certificates for individuals, spouses, and minor children in the household
  • Grandparents need proof of custody of grandchildren
  • Proof of SSI, SSD or unemployment benefits
  • Current utility bill (electric - water) or lease agreement 

    Cliente Registro

    Proceso de registro de cliente comienza en la Carpa de vacaciones.

    ¿Califico?

    Familias y personas con hijos menores de edad (0-17) que luchan financieramente.

  • Familias que están recibiendo beneficios de SSI, SSD o desempleo
  • Personas de 62 años o más luchando financieros
  • Las personas mayores que viven del Seguro Social como su única fuente de ingresos
  • ¿Qué debo llevar?

  • Identificación con foto para adultos que aplican
  • Tarjetas de Seguro Social o Certificado de Nacimiento para los niños menores en el hogar
  • Abuelos necesitan prueba de custodia sobre los nietos
  • Verificación de SSI, SSD o beneficios de desempleo
  • Factura de servicios públicos (electricidad, agua) -o- acuerdo de arriende en su nombre

    Hillsborough Registration

    Holiday Tent
    400 W Palm Ave
    Tampa, FL 33602

    Dates/Fechas

    Note: Thanksgiving registration is now CLOSED.  Please see us at our Outreach Center for further questions:

    Outreach Center
    2301 North Tampa Street
    Tampa, FL 33602
    813-209-1200

    October 22nd - November 14th (noviembre - de octubre)
    December 1st - December 12th (diciembre)

    Times/tiempos

    Monday - Friday/Lunes - Viernes
    9am - 12pm & 12:30pm - 4pm

    Pasco Registration

    Holiday Tent
    3214 US Highway 19
    Holiday, FL 34691

    Dates/Fechas

    Starting October 20th

    Times/tiempos

    Mondays & Wednesdays
    9am - 11am & 1pm - 3pm
    Tuesdays
    5:30pm - 7pm
    Saturdays (only November 8th & December 6th)
    9am - 11:30am

    Pinellas Registration

    Closed.

Be Hope: Christmas

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