Go PRSA Tampa Bay! Toy Drive Brightens Holiday for Local Kids

Joseph Priest (right) hands off our donations to a Metropolitan Ministries representative at its Holiday Tent.

By Olivia Keegan and Joseph Priest, PRSA Tampa Bay Committee Chairs

Although 2020 was a dark time for many of us, a lot of Tampa Bay kids finished it on a brighter note thanks to the generosity of our chapter. On Dec. 12, continuing a tradition, we wrapped up our annual toy drive by dropping off 27 gifts at the
Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent, just in time to help disadvantaged families looking for gifts for the holiday season.

In 2020, Metropolitan Ministries expected to serve more than 30,000 families in need for Thanksgiving and Christmas, an annual need that our chapter has eagerly helped serve the past few years. This past December, however, rather than collect donations at our annual holiday mixer, which was held virtually, we collected them by mail.

As part of this effort, we held a prize drawing to randomly award a few donors with gifts. To be eligible, members had to donate a new, unwrapped gift. Each gift donated earned the donor one ticket that was entered in a drawing for prizes, which included two $10 Starbucks gift cards, one $25 PDQ card, and, for the grand prize, one $50 Cheesecake Factory gift card.

This time, the drawing contributed to our mail-in drive bringing in 27 gifts, including a variety of toys, dolls, books and games, to brighten the holidays for local children.  

The Public Service Committee thanks everyone who participated in the toy drive and who helped our chapter give back to the community throughout last year. This included a career skills session at Metropolitan Ministries (just before the COVID-19 lockdown), a virtual food drive to collect donations for Feeding Tampa Bay that brought in $400, and a fund-raiser to gather funds for the Mask Project Tampa Bay that collected $300.  

Stay tuned to the PRSA Tampa Bay website for ways you can help us serve in 2021.

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