The holiday season is the perfect time of year to show how grateful we are by helping others in need.  Not everyone will spend the holidays in a warm home surrounded by loved ones, but those of us that will can make the season a little bit brighter by donating time, food and gifts to those less fortunate.  To make it a little easier for you to do so, here is a list of places where you can volunteer or make donations in the Tampa area:

Metropolitan Ministries - Hope is Here - It’s easy to help feed a family in need at Thanksgiving this year. Just click hereand make a donation and it will be matched!  If you have time to give, you can volunteer at one of the many locations where Metropolitan Ministries helps the poor and homeless.  Help is needed all year long!

Make A Wish Foundation - This wonderful organization grants the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses.  You can help in many ways: making donations, sponsoring a child, participating in promotions that benefit Make a Wish, and volunteering your time. Click here to discover the many volunteer opportunities available.

The Salvation Army - With a mission to serve the most vulnerable people in our community, the Salvation Army helps the less fortunate in many ways.  One way you can help this holiday season is by sponsoring a child through the Angel Tree Program.  Adopt an “angel” today and make Christmas a little brighter for a child in need.

Meals on Wheels Tampa - Meals on Wheels supports local seniors and homebound citizens.  Volunteers provide daily nutritious meals and much needed social interaction for people who might otherwise go hungry and lonely.  They also collect items for holiday gift bags to pass out to Meals on Wheels recipients.  Click here to find a list of desired items that are being collected and learn how to support your senior and homebound neighbors.