Through the course of doing this and to the scope that it’s grown, WE have had the tremendous blessing of donating surplus to at least six other ministries that assist the disadvantaged, homeless, and orphans across the greater Tampa Bay Area. One such agency, Dressed for Success, assists the disadvantaged in getting interviews & resume’s. Some of the suits/blouses/slacks and interview type clothes will go to that agency because there is less use for that type of clothing on the street.
The people we serve have big hearts, pride and self-esteem, and anything that is soiled or un-presentable is not needed. All items that remain after Thanksgiving morning are saved for Christmas morning, and anything remaining after that is donated to the Salvation Army, Metropolitan Ministries, and Hyde Park United Methodist’s Open Arms Ministry. If there are any other agencies you might know that need assistance, please let us know, as we would be glad to share with them as well. Between my employer (The Bank of Tampa), Church (Morningstar Church), Jesuit (my Alma Mater), Berkeley and other close friends, I have been so fortunate to build a support network of people who assist the mornings of. If you should like to participate in the distribution as a volunteer, please click on the Volunteer link as we can always use an extra hand.
In November, 2012, I lost my close friend and right hand in this ministry, Dr. Neal Sayers. The response from the entire Tampa Community was extremely touching and very much appreciated. In 2014 we surpassed 35,000 items donated between Thanksgiving and Christmas and had over 70 volunteers that helped us serve a record 500 plus recipients on Christmas morning alone! We have come a long way from year one, 2007, when 1,448 items were distributed. Together, we have reached new heights, and every single item donated matters and will go to good use.
No donation amount is too large or too small. WE have been blessed to provide for many disadvantaged in a big way, and on behalf of the years of recipients, I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!
Please help us reach more individuals and organizations by spreading the word.
Thank you all in advance for your truly amazing past, present, and future support.