MEDIA ADVISORY MetroMin gears up for Thanksgiving and Christmas
Long lines a sign of the times?
Metropolitan Ministries gears up for Thanksgiving and Christmas
WHERE: Metropolitan Ministries’ Outreach Center, 2301 N. Tampa Street, Tampa, FL
WHAT’S HAPPENING: Imagine what it would feel like to tell your children that there’s nothing to eat today.
That’s exactly what Marion told us upon visiting our Outreach Center. Children in Tampa Bay are going to bed hungry tonight. This is a reality right here in our community: 1 in 4 children live in households that cannot afford to put food on the table.
“The line outside of our outreach center was wrapped around the corner the other day and we haven’t even started holiday registration yet,” noted Karl Celestine, Metropolitan Ministries’ Sr. Director of Outreach and Prevention. “And we are seeing more families who never needed help before.” Job loss, a serious illness, one unexcused absence to care for a sick child, or home foreclosure can force a family to have to choose between paying rent and buying groceries. For over 44 years, our community has been making it possible to provide a holiday filled with hope to hurting people. And because so much of the food is donated, Metropolitan Ministries can provide a complete holiday meal for just $1.96. “When families come to us, they’re desperate. They’ve often exhausted all other avenues of help. We’ve promised them we would not let them down, especially at the holidays. How can we be so sure? It’s the generosity of this compassionate community,” said Tim Marks, the Ministries’ President/CEO. We expect to serve 18,000 families in need during Thanksgiving and Christmas. We invite the Tampa Bay community to join together with us for our BE HOPE campaign to serve those who are suffering. Visit www.metromin.org/holiday-central for more information on how to get involved, or if you need help.