PRSA Finishes 2017 with Donation of 30 Toys

Go, PRSA Tampa Bay! Metropolitan Ministries happily received the gifts we dropped off at its tent.

By Joseph Priest, APR

PRSA Tampa Bay wrapped up the year by helping make the holidays a little brighter for a lot of local kids. On Dec. 18, our chapter met at Fleming’s restaurant to host its annual holiday mixer, and for the third year in a row the Public Service Committee held a toy drive to raise donations for Metropolitan Ministries.

Thanks to the generosity of our members, we succeeded in collecting 30 gifts and dropping them off at the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent shortly afterward, in plenty of time to serve needy families looking for holiday toy gifts. 

Metropolitan Ministries predicted that it would serve more than 18,000 families in need for Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2017, a yearly need that our chapter has eagerly helped serve for the past few years. To spur even more donations for this effort, we’ve begun adding a prize drawing to randomly award a few contributors with prizes.

In order to be eligible, members have to bring a new, unwrapped gift, which is collected with other gifts for drop-off at Metropolitan Ministries. Each gift donated earns the contributor one ticket that is entered in a drawing for prizes, which this time included one special prize of a $20 gift card to Publix and one grand prize of a $50 gift card to Roy’s Restaurant.

For last month’s mixer, this incentive helped bring in 30 gifts, including a variety of toys, dolls, books, and games, and gift cards.


Our gift donations pile up at the mixer. Thank you, contributors!

The Public Service Committee thanks everyone who participated in the toy drive and everyone who helped our chapter give back to the community earlier in the year at our résumé review sessions with  USF’s PRSSA chapter and the United Way’s Sulphur Springs Resource Center.

Stay tuned to the PRSA Tampa Bay website for more ways you can help us serve in 2018.

Members and guests enjoy the mixer at Fleming’s.

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