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Metro Ministries accepting last-minute donations

Posted: 6:12 AM, Dec 24, 2015
Updated: 2015-12-24 09:36:01-05
Metro Ministries is still accepting Christmas gifts for the 263 children living on their campuses this holiday.
 
You can donate through Thursday by dropping off donations to one of their two primary locations:
 
METRO MINISTRIES - TAMPA
400 West Palm Avenue, Tampa
 
Accepting donations until 1 pm.
 
METRO MINISTRIES - PASCO
3214 US Highway 19 N, Holiday
Accepting donations until Noon.
                
You can also donate online at   www.metromin.org
 
This year's highlights include gift distribution to families and children living at Metropolitan Ministries' Tampa and Holiday campuses.  Each present is thoughtfully purchased, wrapped, donated and personally delivered by Wellcare employees for Tampa and the Guilt Family for Holiday. Family activities will round out the rest of Christmas day, with a resident brunch on both campuses and family portraits in Tampa, courtesy of renowned photographer Pepito Valdes.
 
Just down the road from the Tampa campus, the Metropolitan Ministries holiday tent will be abuzz with activity, as the Ministries reaches out to feed the homeless and families in need of a hot meal. Metropolitan Ministries will also provide food to nine partner sites in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas Counties, starting on Dec. 22 and ending Dec. 29.
 
For a full schedule of Christmas events at Metropolitan Ministries, please see below:    
 
CHRISTMAS EVE CHAPEL SERVICE
Chapel of Hope   Tampa
Sanctuary  Holiday
                4 p.m. Tampa | 7 p.m. Holiday
                2002 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa
                3214 US Highway 19 N, Holiday
 
CHRISTMAS EVE MEAL
MiraclePlace Resident Families  Tampa
Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent
                370 meals for 105 families with 263 children
                5 p.m.  6 p.m. Meal in the Family Grill
                2002 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa
                3214 US Highway 19 N, Holiday
 
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25  CHRISTMAS DAY
CHRISTMAS GIFT DELIVERY AND OPENING
MiraclePlace Resident Families  Tampa
Miracles for Pasco Resident Families  Holiday
                Gifts for 105 families with 263 children
                5:30 a.m. Gifts Delivered
                7 a.m.  9 a.m. Opening Gifts
                2002 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa
                3214 US Highway 19 N, Holiday
 
Other Metro Ministries activities happening this holiday:
 
FAMILY PORTRAITS
                Family Photographs (service donated by Pepito Masterpiece Portraits)
                8 a.m.  3 p.m.
                2002 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa only
 
RESIDENT CHRISTMAS BRUNCH
MiraclePlace Resident Families - Tampa
Miracles for Pasco Resident Families - Holiday
                370 meals for 105 families with 263 children
                9:30 a.m.  Noon
                2002 N. Florida Avenue, Tampa
                3214 US Highway 19 N, Holiday
 
COMMUNITY SERVICE AND MEAL FOR HOMELESS AND NEEDY SINGLES / FAMILIES
                Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent
                10:30 a.m. Service
                11 a.m.  1 p.m. Meal
                400 W. Palm Avenue
 
WHAT'S COOKING IN THE KITCHEN?
1,840 total meals on and off our main campus
                450 lbs. of Ham
                500 lbs. of Sweet Potato Mash
                40 gallons Pineapple Orange Glaze
                500 lbs. Vegetable Medley
                200 pies / cakes   
                6 a.m.  9 a.m. prep
                2002 Florida Avenue, Tampa
 
 COMMUNITY MEAL DISTRIBUTION
                Meals for partner feeding site locations throughout Tampa Bay
                Pick-ups beginning at 10 a.m.
                2002 Florida Avenue, Tampa
 
HILLSBOROUGH
Mt. Olive Baptist Church | 604 W. Ball St. | Plant City
Dec. 24 | Noon
 
Ministerio Voces Angelicales | 301 N Dort St | Plant City
Dec. 25 | Noon in the Winter Visitor Center
 
First Presbyterian Church | 412 E Zack St | Tampa
Dec. 25 | 9 a.m.
 
Faith Café | 1340 N Clearview Ave | Tampa
Dec. 25 | 11:30 a.m.
 
First Baptist Church of College Hill | 3838 N 29th St | Tampa
Dec. 25 | Noon
 
PINELLAS
Pinellas Safe Harbor | 14840 49th St. N. | Clearwater
Dec. 25 | 5 p.m.
Safe Harbor is an emergency homeless shelter and a jail diversion program designed to be a safe haven for those currently homeless and who require services to get back on their feet. Capacity is 450 people, single men and women. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office manages Safe Harbor, while Metro supplies the meals.
 
PASCO
Dec. 25 | Refuge Church | 3565 Universal Plaza | Holiday
Noon
 
First Baptist Church Dade City | 13853 15th St. | Dade City
Dec. 27 | 1:00 p.m.
 
One Community Now | 2329 Anclote Blvd | Holiday
Dec. 22 and Dec. 29 | 5 p.m.  7 p.m.
 
About Metropolitan Ministries: www.metromin.org