For years Metropolitan Ministries has been helping those in need, especially during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. And for years, residents and organizations in south Hillsborough County have trekked to Brandon or Tampa to drop off their donations of food and toys. Well, trek no longer, the new drop off location for this mega-charity is now centrally located in Riverview on the property of South Bay Church.
South Bay was chosen by Metropolitan because of its location, enthusiasm to help, and availability of open land to erect the huge tent used for housing and sorting the donations during drop-off hours. It was also an ideal location in proximity to other churches in the area. Metropolitan Ministries wants to see churches of every denomination coming together to help out during these trying times. Volunteers from many area churches are helping man the tent, unload items, sort and pray with those in need.
The south county drop-off location is a pilot this year — taking the pulse of the community’s ability to unify, in preparation for a future pick-up center, eliminating the long drive to Tampa for many residents who choose to use their services.
South Bay Church is located at 13498 U.S. 301, Riverview, FL 33578, just two blocks south of Big Bend Road, look for the Metropolitan Ministry signs.
Any individual, organization or church group that has donations for Metropolitan Ministry may drop off their items Monday through Friday 4 to 6:30 p.m., or on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through December 23.
For more information contact Missions Coordinator Laurie Herring at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call South Bay Church 813-677-0721. If you are a family in need of food or toys for Christmas, check the Metropolitan Ministries website at www.metromin.org/Client-Registration-Location for registration locations and information.