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Help Tampa Bay's foster children by taking part in a holiday shopping event

Twinkle in the Terrace helps families in need
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Posted at 11:37 AM, Dec 18, 2020

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — People across the Tampa Bay area have the opportunity to take part in a little holiday shopping all while helping foster families across the community.

Twinkle in the Terrace will be held on December 19, 2020, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Temple Terrace United Methodist Church, which is located at 5030 East Busch Boulevard. The organization is partnering with Temple Terrace United Methodist Church and South Tampa Fellowship to offer an evening of holiday fun for the whole community, focusing on supporting and encouraging local foster families.

Foster families will be able to attend a special private shopping hour from 5 to 6 p.m. by invitation only.

During this hour, foster parents will be able to fill stockings for each child in their care. They will also receive a fresh food box, as well as other special gifts in appreciation for the selfless hard work they do to care for our most vulnerable children daily, according to West Florida Foster Care Services.

But for people who want to help, this free Holiday event will be open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. Families can enjoy a night out celebrating the holiday season with live music, readings of the Christmas story, photos with Santa and activities for kids, as well as treat, craft and game stations that will all be open for free to everyone.

"We are so excited to treat the community to a socially distanced fun night out to celebrate the season."

There will also be several food trucks for families to purchase food and drinks, as well as local vendors selling their wares for those last-minute holiday shopping needs.

"With Hillsborough County leading the state of Florida on the number of children in foster care, our local foster families need our support now more than ever," said Janet Rinaldi with West Florida Foster Care. "If you’ve ever considered becoming a licensed foster home, we will have information available for you! We believe that everyone can do something to support those in foster care, and will also have information on how you can support families that take in these children throughout the year."