TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Dan Campbell as the 17th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Campbell, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Metropolitan Ministries Pasco.
Campbell lives a life of service dedicated to serving those in need and ending homelessness in Pasco County. His inspiration was ignited while serving at a Church camp and a young girl wearing her father’s boxers asked if she could bring her lunch home to share with her family. From that day forward, Campbell has been on a mission to serve the needs of those living in poverty. He has developed partnerships to provide food, utility assistance, clothing, adult education, and after school care to those in need residing in Pasco County. His efforts have impacted over 30,000 families in need and attracted over 10,000 volunteers to help carry out his mission.
Tonight’s Lightning Community Hero has generated community support to open a new commercial kitchen that would serve 2,000 meals daily to those in need of assistance. He has also helped raise $ 1.6 million in county and state funds to build emergency shelter housing. From 2008-2011, Campbell served as President of the Coalition for the Homelessness in Pasco and organized the Ten-Year plan to End Homelessness in Pasco.
Campbell’s choice for donation, Metropolitan Ministries, is a faith-based and community supported non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides care services for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless with operations in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, and Pasco counties.