Fisherman hopes to sink ship with food to help families in need

- Professional fisherman Captain Bill Miller has reeled in some big catches over the years.  But during the holiday season, he's angling for goodwill.

"What we want to do each year is sink the S.S. Hope -- with food," said Miller

Each year, Captain Bill brings the boat, named the S.S. Hope, to the Metropolitan Ministries holiday tent in Tampa for a day with the goal of filling it with food items for families in need.

"We like canned food frozen turkeys peanut butter, things like that," explained Miller.

The event is called Fishing for Hope.

"Over the years it's become a spectacular event. Lots and lots of people are involved," said Miller.

Including his friends in the fishing industry.

"We've brought in a lot of food to help feed those people that need it badly," he continued.

With Metropolitan Ministries looking to feed thousands of families this holiday season, he's hoping to bait others to come down to the tent and fill the S.S. Hope.

"Bring your food down to us and we'll unload it and show you around," said Miller. "If you'd like to stop and talk to some of the fishing celebrities that will be there, we're happy to do that, talk some fishing with you."

Captain Bill is pretty confident he'll sink the ship, with the community's help.

"We may need another boat this year cause we're going to get so much food," said Miller.

You can bring food items to the Fishing for Hope event on Saturday, December 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Metropolitan Ministries holiday tent located at  905 N. Governor Street in Tampa.

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