For my role at the tent, I was assigned to help guests shop. Based on the size of their family, the guests are given a modest shopping list. As a shopping assistant, I helped the guests locate the items on the shelves, bagged their groceries and escorted them to the check-out to receive their Thanksgiving turkey.
Charley Belcher of Fox 13 assists shoppers.
Note to self: When donating items to food banks, give non-perishable items like Green Giant, Stove Top, Betty Crocker and Swanson. Even food secure families prefer name brands. Organic items aren’t very popular. The recipients also want comfort foods like Kraft Mac and Cheese, instant mashed potatoes and sugary cereals, such as Froot Loops. It might make your cringe to buy it and donate it, but you are making someone else really happy by giving them want they want.
Metropolitan Ministries estimates that over 20,000 Tampa Bay families will need assistance this holiday season with my corner of Tampa Bay having the greatest need as donations are down in my county. After my working shift at Metropolitan Ministries, I wanted to do more than simply giving a few cans of food and helping guests shop.
As part of #givingTuesday Mom It Forward and Tampa Bay Bloggers initiative, I hosted a canned good drive to benefit Metropolitan Ministries. An impromptu playdate at the park, a few moms and I collected 60 items to donate.
Like so many food banks and homeless shelters, the Metropolitan Ministries is struggling this season. Please consider donating toys and canned goods at your local Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent drop off location . To find a Metropolitan Ministries drop-off site near you , visit metromin.org .
Or consider, making a monetary donation to offer meals to those in need. With your contribution, the Metropolitan Ministries can serve 589,686 meals this holiday season.
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