But there's a difference this year - because of construction of a new housing facility on N. Florida Avenue, there is no room for where the agency's holiday tent usually stands every year where families in need can go and get registered to be eligible for meals and/or Christmas toys for children this year. The tent is also where people can drop off donations.
The social service agency wants to get the word out that they have moved their tent to 400 West Palm Avenue, and donations can now be dropped off there.
For families in need, they can now get registered at Metropolitan Ministries Outreach Center at 2301 Tampa Street, and a host of other locations (listed after the jump).
Metropolitan Ministries expects to provide holiday assistance to 25,900 families, and 26,190 children for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Other sites around the Tampa Bay area where families can register for services with Metropolitian Ministries this fall include:
Shekinah Glory Church
1301 S. 78th Street, Tampa, FL 33619
Tuesday — Friday
10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Phone: (813) 443-4684
Pasco Metropolitan Ministries Outreach Center
3214 US Hwy 19, Holiday, FL 34691
Starting Date: October 8, 2012
Monday 9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 5:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Phone: (727) 937-3268
(Pinellas) Taking it to the Streets
7320 47th Street North, Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Starting Date: October 15 — November 16, November 26 — till full
Friday - Tuesday
12:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.
Phone: (727) 546-5767
(Pinellas) Together Step-by-Step
1250 Holt Ave, Clearwater, FL 33755
Starting Date: November 5-16, December 10-14, 2012
Monday — Friday
9:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m.
Phone: (727) 631-3157
For updates on the most needed items and other details about how to support this effort, please visit the Holiday Central section of the Metropolitan Ministries website at www.metromin.org, or call 813-209-1000.