TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning are partnering with Metropolitan Ministries to host a non-perishable food drive at AMALIE Arena on Ford Thunder Alley prior to their home game on December 13 when the Bolts host the Toronto Maple Leafs. This collection will make a tremendous impact for families in need and offer fans the experience of shared joy through giving.
Along with Metropolitan Ministries staff and volunteers, Lightning players' wives and girlfriends will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items on Ford Thunder Alley starting at 5 p.m. The Lightning invite fans to bring one or more items, and be entered to win a chance to attend a morning skate for a future game.
The following day at the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent, located at 905 North Governor St. in Tampa, 20 Lightning staff members will volunteer from 3:30 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. The Bolts representatives will assist with client shopping, parking, wagon pulling, donation drop-offs, café operations and childcare while providing holiday meals for thousands of families throughout the Tampa Bay area. Metropolitan Ministries has an urgent need for donations of yams and/or canned beans, but all non-perishable food donations are accepted.
Metropolitan Ministries, a faith-based and community supported non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is funded through the charitable support of the community, including individuals, businesses, congregations, schools, foundations and civic groups, serving the needs of poor and homeless families in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk Counties.