PRSA Rings In Holidays with Toy Donation

Chapter members Makenna Imholte (left), Jessica Summers, APR, and Joseph Priest, APR, drop off this year’s donated gifts at the Metropolitan Ministries holiday tent.

By Joseph Priest, APR

Sometimes a little can mean a lot, and a lot of Tampa Bay kids will be having a little brighter holiday this year thanks to our chapter. On Dec. 10, we met at Jackson’s restaurant on Harbour Island to host our annual holiday mixer, and, continuing a tradition, the Public Service Committee held a toy drive to bring in donations for Metropolitan Ministries.

Thanks to the generosity of our members and guests, we succeeded in collecting over 20 gifts this year. We dropped them off at the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent shortly after the mixer, just in time to help needy families looking for gifts this holiday season.

Metropolitan Ministries typically expects to serve more than 18,000 families in need for Thanksgiving and Christmas, a yearly need that our chapter has eagerly helped serve the past few years. To entice 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 later at Metropolitan Ministries. Each gift donated earns the contributor one ticket that is entered in a drawing for prizes, which this time included three $10 Starbucks gift cards, two $25 Amazon gift cards, and one grand prize of a $75 gift card to Jackson’s restaurant.

For this year’s mixer, this incentive helped bring in 20-plus gifts, including a variety of toys, dolls, books, and games, and gift cards.

Our gift donations begin to accumulate at the mixer. Thanks to all who contributed!

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. This included résumé review sessions with USF’s PRSSA chapter and UT’s PRSSA chapter, and a half-day of toy sorting at the Metropolitan Ministries warehouse.  

Stay tuned to the PRSA Tampa Bay website for more ways you can help us serve in 2019.

Members and guests enjoy the mixer at Jackson’s.

Chapter President Mary Margaret Hull, APR, recognizes some of the chapter’s biggest accomplishments in 2018 in another successful year for PRSA Tampa Bay.

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