FOX 13 and Metropolitan Ministries team up for holiday '$13 for 13' donation drive

 This is the most challenging holiday season ever for Metropolitan Ministries. Due to layoffs and furloughs from the pandemic, as many as 30,000 more families will seek assistance with food and toys for their children. To help that growing need, FOX 13 and Metropolitan Ministries are once again teaming up for $13 for 13.

Metropolitan Ministries in need of help after 60% drop in volunteers

Local non-profit Metropolitan Ministries needs to fill nearly 200 empty volunteer spots. According to the organization, for the first time, they have experienced a 60% drop in volunteers during the pandemic. They said they have seen a surge in need from local families.

Spirit of the Season: Featured charities

This season, we're focusing on a wide variety of Tampa Bay area charities that make a difference in our community. Here's where you can learn more about each charity and how you can help.