Drop Off Donations
More than 100 children and their families live with us day-in and day-out. However, that’s not all. Nearly 32,000 families get help at the Ministries every year. Meeting the ever-increasing need of Tampa Bay depends on the generosity and commitment of community partners.
You can help by making a personal donation of needed items, hosting a donation drive, providing bulk donations or donating gently used items for resale in our thrift store.
Step 1: Determine whether or not the items you wish to donate are useful.
We can only make use of items that are new, nearly new or gently used. Our mission is to promote dignity among those we serve by providing them the things they need to make a fresh start.
Step 2: Call our donation line at (813) 209-1034. For furniture donations, see Schedule Home Pickups below or call (813) 209-1060.
Donation Line Update: The logistics team is currently on reduced operations and will return all voicemail messages after July 7, 2021.
Call our donation line and leave a message detailing the kind of items you wish to donate and your phone number. We will contact you by the next business day to let you know if we need your items. If we are not able to receive your donation, we will gladly refer you to one of our many partner agencies in the area.
Pickup is Available!
Please note: due to the high volume of In-Kind drive stops the logistics team must complete to support the holiday season and the community, we will not handle any furniture donations during the time frames listed below:
11/11/21 – 11/28/21 for Thanksgiving
12/ 13/21 – 12/ 29/21 for Christmas
Residential pickup is available for gently used furniture items, spot-free mattresses, and large donations of clothing or other items. If you have such items that could benefit our mission, please call (813) 209-1060.
Metropolitan Ministries Thrift Store: 2101 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa 33602. Corner of Frances St. and Florida Ave., behind the thrift store near the large sign that says “Donations.” Assisted drop-off hours: Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Clothing Drop Box Locations
- Citgo Gas Station, 6318 W. Linebaugh Ave, Tampa FL
- Eddies Custom Cleaners, 4330 W Bay to Bay Blvd, Tampa FL
- Temple Terrace United Methodist Church, 5030 E Busch Blvd, Temple Terrace, FL
- Marathon Gas Station, 4138 W Cypress St. Tampa FL
- South Tampa YMCA, 4411 S. Himes Ave, Tampa FL
- Tampa Surgical Arts, 17751 Gunn Hwy, Odessa FL
Metropolitan Ministries Pasco Campus: 3214 US Highway 19, Holiday, FL 34691. Assisted drop-off hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Our Partner: Sunshine Thrift Stores
Metropolitan Ministries has partnered with Sunshine Thrift Stores and Collection Services Management to collect household items and clothing from the general public. Your donations to our partner, Sunshine Thrift Stores (FL #36424) help sustain Metropolitan Ministries’ meal programs throughout the Tampa Bay area and provide affordable clothing to our clients.
Yellow Card Mail Program
Collection Services Management uses direct mail (have you seen the yellow card in your mailbox?) and other methods to notify the public of items needed. Trucks are then dispatched, providing curbside pickups, to neighborhoods to collect the donations. Donated items are subsequently sold to local thrift stores, and the money generated is used to help the Metropolitan Ministries with its core mission, competencies, and programs.
Enlisting a trusted and registered partner like Sunshine Thrift Store to collect, clean, sort, and repackage items donated to this program allows us to focus our charitable resources on our mission and programs.
However, that’s not all! Our partnership with Sunshine Thrift Store provides on the job training in retail sales for our residents.
Sunshine Thrift Store Locations
- 4304 S. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, FL 33611
- 2808 34th St N, St Petersburg, FL 33713
- 3611 1st St E Ste. 230, Bradenton, FL 34208