PRSA Tampa Bay Stocks Food for Charity

By Joseph Priest, APR

It’s becoming somewhat of an annual tradition at PRSA Tampa Bay.

On Oct.11, our chapter’s Public Service Committee organized our participation in the United Way’s Day of Caring for at least the fifth year in a row. The event is an annual effort by the United Way Suncoast chapter that recruits volunteer teams from companies and organizations across Hillsborough, Pinellas, Sarasota and DeSoto counties to help local charities for a half or full day. This year, approximately 2,300 volunteers from over 35 businesses were mobilized to tackle some 96 projects for local social service agencies, schools and community organizations.

This year, our team’s project was to lend a hand at a food and clothing store run by Metropolitan Ministries that helps provide needed items to disadvantaged families. For a few hours, we helped sort, stock, and organize a wide assortment of goods, like canned sauces and vegetables, bagged rices and beans, and boxed cereals and snacks.   

Our Day of Caring team included three members this year:

  • Stephani DioGuardi.
  • Joseph Priest.
  • Jenna Stock.

Although we only had a few hours to contribute, our team had an amazingly rewarding experience. We were able to fully restock a set of food shelves so that needy families could shop more quickly and efficiently at the store, and so that more families could be served at the store. It was rewarding to be a part of this effort, and rewarding to be a part of PRSA Tampa Bay.

Restocking the shelves with a full supply of goods.

There’s also another chance to help Metropolitan Ministries this year. In December, PRSA Tampa Bay will be hosting its annual holiday mixer and toy drive. To participate in the drive, members and guests will be asked to please bring one or more new, unwrapped gifts to donate to the Metropolitan Ministries holiday tent. Each donation will entitle the giver to a raffle ticket and a chance to be selected for one of several special prizes from a drawing that will be held.

Stay tuned to the PRSA Tampa Bay site for more details on the date and location for this year’s holiday mixer soon. We hope you can come, and we hope you can donate a toy!

Mission accomplished!


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