The season of giving starts with Giving Tuesday

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With Black Friday and Cyber Monday’s exorbitant consumerism behind us, it’s time to focus on what the holiday season should truly be about – giving. Giving Tuesday is a social media movement meant to foster collaboration and charity within our own communities. However, it’s much more than just a hashtag for two of our Tampa Bay hotels.

The Barrymore Hotel in downtown Tampa just received their donation drop-off boxes today to benefit Metropolitan Ministries and Holiday Inn Clearwater has been collecting donations to benefit The Kind Mouse, an organization that combats hunger in the Tampa Bay area, since before Thanksgiving.

The Barrymore is looking motivate guests and anyone in the Tampa Bay community to drop by with their non-perishable food items for Metro Min with a giveaway. The hotel is offering a chance to win a one-room one-night stay when you bring at least 3 non-perishable food items to the bins. But here’s the catch (and it’s a good one): The more you donate, the more chances you have to win – just fill out an entry form for every 3 items you bring and leave it with the Front Desk. Learn more about how the giveaway works. Donations/entries accepted 11/29/16 through 12/13/16.

Clearwater’s Holiday Inn located in the business district is once again a drop-off location for the Kind Mouse food drive. This charity does some incredible things within the Tampa Bay area to combat hunger. The organization provides programs to help those in need year round, not just during the holiday season. Their Family Assistance program is a 90 day program that offers food, housewares, pet food and career coaching to displaced career individuals while they get back on their feet. The “Mouse Nibbles” program feeds the “hungriest of hungry” children in Tampa Bay, delivering non-perishable food items to schools each week for children to bring home on the weekends. This program even provides school supplies twice a year to students. Donations accepted 11/21/16 through 12/12/16.

The Barrymore Hotel is located at 111 West Fortune St, Tampa FL 33602 and is situated directly across the street from the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Tampa. If you’re in Pinellas County near St. Pete/Clearwater International Airport, drop your donations at Holiday Inn Clearwater, located at 3535 Ulmerton Road, near the Gold & Diamond Source.

‘Tis the Season for Giving

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H.I. Development’s Creative Marketing Manager, Kimberly Moore and Administrative Assistant, Jennifer Schmitt headed over to Tampa’s Metropolitan Ministries to donate their time and efforts to make sure needy families and individuals were able to feed themselves and their families for Thanksgiving.

Working as “food shoppers,” Kimberly and Jennifer got to give one-on-one attention to each individual receiving assistance. “It was really nice to see the smiles on everyone’s faces as we helped them fill up their bags. I was overwhelmed at the sheer amount of food housed inside the building. People really do care about giving back to the community; that’s exactly why we came here too,” said Kimberly. 

“The number of volunteers was amazing. I was really impressed with the number of school-age kids that were volunteering. It’s so important to instill a sense of compassion in our children. The whole experience was very heartwarming and I hope to do it again next year,” said Jennifer. 

Metropolitan Ministries projects to help nearly 590,000 needy families this year, with help from compassionate, giving people. It all starts with a simple desire to help others; that is where true happiness is found. If everyone could have that same inkling of compassion in their hearts, just imagine what big changes we all could make on our communities as a whole. 

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