TAMPA, Fla. - Metropolitan Ministries 'Holiday Tent opens for donations on Monday morning.
It is the 21st year for the charitable organization to serve families this holiday season. The Tent is located just west of the Nebraska Ave. and E. Cass Street intersection in downtown Tampa.
Organizers expect 18,000 families to come to the holiday tent for help with Thanksgiving and/or Christmas this year. The families will come for food and gifts.
The need is anticipated to be much greater this year due to the hurricanes and families fleeing Puerto Rico.
There is an increased need for frozen turkeys, cereal, canned yams, stuffing and starches. As far as Christmas goes, the charity is hoping for toddler and teen gift donations. They will accept donations from November 6 to 22.
Donations are also accepted at the following partner locations:
St. James United Methodist Church
16202 Bruce B Downs Blvd
Tampa, FL 33647 Monday - Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Keystone Community Church
21010 State Road 54h
Lutz, FL 33558
Taking it to the Street Ministries
7320 47th Street N.
Pinellas Park, FL 33781 Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Another increased need is for Spanish-speaking volunteers to communicate with families who may speak Spanish only.