PRSA Tampa Bay Donates 72 Toys to Metropolitan Ministries

By Joseph Priest, APR

What a way to finish the year big. On Dec. 10, our chapter wrapped up the year at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts with 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 a record 72 gifts this year and making the holidays a little brighter for a lot of local kids. We dropped them off at the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent shortly after the mixer, just in time to help needy families looking for gifts for the holiday season.

Metropolitan Ministries expected to serve more than 30,000 families in need for Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2019, a yearly need that our chapter has eagerly helped serve the past few years. To entice even more donations for this effort, we hold a prize drawing to randomly award a few contributors with gifts.

To be eligible, members must 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 entered in a drawing for prizes, which this time included one $10 Cold Stone Creamery gift card, one $15 Starbucks gift card, one $25 Chick-fil-A gift card, and, for the  grand prize, one $50 Cheesecake Factory gift card.

For this year’s mixer, this incentive helped bring in a whopping 72 gifts, including a variety of toys, dolls, books and games.

Members and guests enjoy the mixer at a tent outside the Straz Center.
Members and guests enjoy the mixer at a tent outside the Straz Center.

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

PRSA Tampa Bay 2019 treasurer Josh Carrasco announces the winning tickets that I drew from everyone who donated.

The Public Service Committee thanks everyone who participated in the toy drive and everyone who helped our chapter give back to the community throughout the year. This included holding résumé review sessions at Metropolitan Ministries, and stocking items a Metropolitan Ministries food and clothing store for the United Way’s annual Day of Caring .  

Stay tuned to the PRSA Tampa Bay website for more ways you can help us serve in 2020.

Celebrating our chapter’s success in 2019 with a group photo. Go, PRSA Tampa Bay!

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