The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Jim and Barbara Killeen as the 39th Lightning Community Heroes of the year during the first period of tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Killeen’s, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Amazing Love Ministries, World Relief Tampa, Created and Giving Hope Through Faith.
Tyler Johnson (left) joined Lightning President Steve Griggs (right) to present Jim and Barbara Killeen with a check for $50,000.
The Killeens have dedicated the last eight and a half years of their lives to making the Tampa Bay area a better place for those who are less fortunate. The Killeen’s have collaborated with a variety of churches, synagogues, ministries, schools, clubs and homeless organizations to offer options and opportunities for people in need in the community. The couple founded Amazing Love Ministries, a non-profit that distributes meals, clothes and personal hygene items once a week to people in the Tampa area who are experiencing homelessness.
The Killeen’s were featured on Fox 13 Tampa Bay as Hometown Heroes in 2013. In addition, Amazing Love Ministries received the 2013 Spirit of Humanity Award from the DeBartolo Family Foundation.