FOX 13 hosts Metropolitan Ministries food and toy drive at Armature Works

- Thousands are struggling to meet the needs for their families this holiday season. Metropolitan Ministries is hoping to collect 30,000 toys to make the holidays brighter for children this Christmas.

FOX 13 will join Metropolitan Ministries for a food and toy drive at Armature Works on Friday, Dec. 14 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

In addition, Armature Works will be hosting a fun, family-friendly event, the Heights Holiday Festival from 12 to 5 p.m. The drive and festival continue at Armature Works on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Armature Works is located at 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, FL 33602. 

Here are the most needed items:

Toys:  For children and teens

Food:  Canned green vegetables, gravy, cereal, rice, beans, potatoes, yams, stuffing, cranberry sauce, turkeys and hams

Gift cards: From Publix, Walmart, Target, Amazon, Happy Teen

Donations are also accepted through December 24 at the Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent in Tampa and the Holiday Center in Pasco County. 

You can also donate online. For more information go to

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