Kowkabany’s Family Martial Arts, located at 13910 Monroes Business Park in Tampa, Florida (just down the street from the new Tampa Bay Brewing Company location), is holding a collection drive through Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 to benefit two amazing local charities – Pinellas Hope and Metropolitan Ministries. We will focus on collecting clothing & bedding for Pinellas Hope, and collecting food for Metropolitan Ministries.
Pinellas Hope is located in Clearwater and provides shelter for over 250 homeless men and women. It opened its doors on December 1, 2007. Background checks are done on all the residents and case managers meet with them on a regular basis to set goals towards self-sufficiency. They also assist the residents with job and housing placement and perform follow up visits with them six months after they leave the shelter. Their primary needs are: soap, shampoo, blankets, boxer briefs (new only), jackets, sweatshirts, and t-shirts. Clothing is mostly needed in Large and XL sizes, but Medium through XXXL are welcome. A detailed list of their ‘needs’ can be found on their website, www.pinellashope.org.
Metropolitan Ministries serves the poor and homeless families in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk counties. In 2014, they provided over 1.3 million meals and helped over 25,000 families through their outreach programs. More details can be found at www.metromin.org. Their primary needs are: peanut butter, boxed cereal, canned meat, canned fruit, and macaroni & cheese. Also welcome are canned vegetables, canned or dry beans, rice, soup, pasta, pasta sauce, jelly/jam, condiments, boxed jello, and pudding.
Please don’t stress over how much you can or can’t give, anything you can offer to our less-fortunate neighbors is greatly appreciated.
We would also appreciate your prayers for the success of our drive and for these organizations. “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40
Just a reminder, we will be running a limited schedule through the end of 2015, but will offer some exciting new additions to our ATA Taekwondo and Warrior Krav Maga curriculum in 2016. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (813) 891-0624.
Thank you very much for your support!