TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa-based nonprofit Metropolitan Ministries, which assists families in poverty, aims to help more than 10,000 local families in December and hopes to provide roughly 30,000 toys during its 2018 holiday tent event.

As of Dec. 8, the organization didn't have enough canned vegetables to feed all the families it anticipates serving this Christmas season.

To put the scope of Metropolitan Ministries' aid efforts into perspective: by year's end, the nonprofit estimates it will have provided 200,000 meals in four counties between the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. Those counties are Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk.

For food, the group is accepting donations including canned green vegetables, cereal, rice, beans, potatoes, yams, stuffing, hams and frozen turkeys.

Metropolitan Ministries is asking for the public's help buying toys for children ages 5 to 17 or gift cards to places like Publix, Walmart, Target, Amazon and local movie theaters.

Donations can be dropped off between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. now through Dec. 24.

The main drop off location is at the holiday tent in downtown Tampa, located at 905 Governor St. -- just west of the East Cass and North Nebraska intersection by downtown. Click here for directions.

Items can also be left at the Pasco Campus Holiday Center, located at 3214 US Highway 19 North in Holiday.

Click here for more information.

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