SOUTH TAMPA — Leaders of the volunteer group Lamplighters say they have a new challenge this year in providing material needs and activities for homeless children.
Metropolitan Ministries recently opened a second residential facility, Miracle Place, doubling the number of families to be served to about 100. That doubles the number of children to whom to provide coats, bathing suits and towels, school supplies and goodies at parties, such as the Oct. 15 Fall Festival.
Tricia Hancock, Lamplighter president, told members at the Sept. 19 opening meeting recently that the group wants to continue to provide the same program they have offered in the past at Metropolitan Ministries — just on a larger scale. It also provides services to Joshua House, a home in Lutz for abandoned and abused children.
Morris Hintzman, the ministries’ chief executive officer, thanked the group for “the part you have played in keeping the children’s needs in the forefront.”
In addition to the holiday theme parties and supplies, the group helps fund an infant and toddler playground and provides summer camp for the children. At Joshua House, the organization hosts parties and assists with the Healthy Choice food program, where it supplements the food budget to allow the home to provide fresh fruits and vegetables.
The organization raises funds through donations as well as two fundraisers a year. The first is the group’s silver coffee set for Dec. 6; the second is a Lights Fashion Hope Fashion Show, set for April.
Membership is $50 a year. For information, contact membership chair Rae Clark at (813) 928-0976 or [email protected], or see www.lamplighterstampa.org.