The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Morris Hintzman as a Lightning Community Hero during the first period of tonight's game against the Montreal Canadiens. Hintzman, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to Metropolitan Ministries.
In the nearly 30 years that he's led the organization, Metropolitan Ministries has grown from serving hundreds of families a year, to several thousands. The campus has grown from a small 1,200 square-foot run down house to a full campus that includes numerous buildings and spans three city blocks. His vision has been to reach as many people as possible, taking on more and more patients each year. Hintzman is seen as a leader and a visionary around the campus and his smile brings warmth and comfort to everyone's life he touches. His compassion is inspiring to the people he looks after and lifts the spirits of his patients and their families.
Before Hintzman joined Metropolitan Ministries in 1982, he was a Methodist minister. However, once he got involved in the effort of alleviating the suffering of those in need, he knew he had found his calling. He continues to work hard at his job because he sees it isn't done yet. Every day families come to the doorstep of Metropolitan Ministries seeking help, and he is there with the assurance that things will get better. The families he deals with can't help but feel comfort, with his kind words, sincerity in his voice and compassion in his heart. The patients' families of Hintzman view him as a guardian angel that provides stability in the care he gives everyone. He is one of the most selfless people in the community, and has devoted his life to the mission of Metropolitan Ministries.