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Why the Holiday Tent?

Food, toys, and prayer are offered to those in desperate need, but the true spirit of the Holiday Tent is that it provides an opportunity to build community. The Holiday Tent is a special place where more than 100,000 people from all walks of life come together and love one another.

Tent locations open to receive donations on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. Volunteers can apply for shifts now as individuals or groups.

Online registration for families in need opens in mid-October. Special thanks to our holiday partner, the Bullard Family Foundation.

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Get Help

Metropolitan Minsitries provides families in need a full holiday meal at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Online registration for holiday assistance begins in mid-October. Subscribe here to receive an email reminder for holiday registration from our Family Support Center. 
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Most-Needed Donations

Frozen turkeys, hams, cereal, yams, soup, gift cards, teen girl and boy gifts for Christmas (age 13-17) are the most-needed items right now. Canned meats, canned vegetables, canned fruits, rice, pasta, canned or boxed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and dessert mixes are also in high demand.
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Hours & Locations

The holiday tent and partner locations open Monday, Nov. 2, and operate Mon.-Sat. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Tampa Holiday Tent
    2609 N Rome Ave, Tampa, FL 33607 (map).
  • East Pasco Holiday Tent at Restored Hope
    13703 17th St, Dade City, FL 33525 (map)
  • West Pasco Holiday Tent at Metropolitan Ministries
    3214 US-19, Holiday, FL 34691 (map)
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Volunteering

This holiday season, join the Metropolitan Ministries team and provide a holiday experience that is out of reach for so many struggling families in the Tampa Bay area. We are looking for dedicated volunteers to take part in a unique leadership opportunity that you don’t want to miss!
Individual & Family Volunteering

Select Hillsborough County or Pasco County to register and sign up for holiday tent volunteer shifts. Use this online form to register for a group volunteering experience.

Holiday Volunteer Leaders

Holiday volunteer leaders serve in the Holiday Tent, using their skills to support staff and volunteer groups. With expanded operations and safety protocols, we need holiday volunteer leaders to help provide the same quality of service to thousands of families. Apply Here

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COVID-19 Precautions

We are following all CDC guidelines, which include many changes at our holiday tent and partner locations. All volunteers and guests are required to wear masks or face coverings and have their temperature checked. Clients and donors will remain in their vehicles. Handwashing for 20 seconds and additional protective measures will be in place for all volunteers and staff.

Ways to Help

Holiday Store

You can provide real, practical help for families in need right now with your purchase through our holiday store. Thousands of people come to us each month for assistance. Whatever the need, you can help! Shop our holiday store now and see how much good you can do!

Amazon Prime & Target Wish Lists

Ship donations direction to our address at 2609 N. Rome Ave., Tampa, FL 33607. 

Virtual Food & Toy Drives

Launch your own virtual food or toy drive through You Give Goods. This turnkey platform lets you create, manage, and share your own virtual drive campaign with your coworkers, neighbors, and friends! Select one of these categories to get started using You Give Goods. To find out more about hosting a virtual drive, please email drive.coordinator@metromin.org or call (813) 209-1034.

Traditional Food & Toy Drives

We can schedule food and toy drives for a couple of weeks or a couple of 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! To find out more about hosting a drive, please email drive.coordinator@metromin.org or call (813) 209-1034.

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