During a time when Thanksgiving brings people together, COVID-19 has drastically changed the way we celebrate. With coronavirus cases rising, limiting gatherings to household members is more important than ever to reduce the chances of getting and spreading the virus and the flu. Keeping family and friends apart to reduce the risk of COVID-19 can feel isolating and lonely. Also, affording Thanksgiving food is a real challenge for many families in the Tampa Bay area.
If you or someone you know is looking for support during the holidays, please check out these free community resources!
Metropolitan Ministries provides families in need with food for a full holiday meal at Thanksgiving and again at Christmas. The organization has 25 meal locations throughout Tampa Bay and one Family Support Center on 2301 N. Tampa Street in Tampa. Register online at metromin.org/holiday-central.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army provides gifts and warm meals to families and individuals in the community to make the holiday season a little brighter. For more information, visit salvationarmyflorida.org/holiday-assistance.
This project provides free fridges full of food donations to share with anyone in the community. Check out their Instagram for more information @tpafreefridge
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay offers support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year as the community’s gateway to help. People who are struggling with a variety of crises can call 2-1-1 to connect to hope and healing.
NAMI Hillsborough provides mental health advocacy, education, and support.
National Youth Crisis Hotline - (800) 442-HOPE (4673)
"Thankful3" What are 3 things you are thankful for? Join NAMI Pasco and NAMI Hillsborough for an hour of gratitude on Thursday, November 26, 2020, at 6 p.m. 💚 https://zcu.io/0E2U.
At Teen Connect Tampa Bay, we wish you a safe and healthy Thanksgiving!
Remember to take care of yourself and look for ways to help others 💚