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 at the end of October. Special thanks to our holiday partner, the Bullard Family Foundation.


Get Help

Holiday Assistance Registration is online this year, starting on Oct. 26th.

Subscribe here to receive an email reminder for holiday registration from our Family Support Center

Metropolitan Ministries provides families in need with food for a full holiday meal at Thanksgiving and again at Christmas, along with toys for your children.


Most-Needed Items

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.


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)


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


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.