On Friday, July 11 Joe Maddon and his team of Thanksmas elves will be bringing good cheer to those in need throughout Tampa Bay with the first ever Thanksmas Day of Volunteering. Check out the information below and sign up for a volunteer opportunity near you.
340 14th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Volunteers are needed to: Assist with prepping, serving and clean-up for lunch and dinner. Assist with cleaning and re-stocking items in shelter dorms.
5-6 volunteers are needed for each project and each shift. Morning, lunch and evening shifts are available.
Contact Gail Stark at 727-550-8080, ext. 332 or email@example.com
1204 14TH Street West
Bradenton, FL 34206
Volunteers are needed to: Staff one of three food donation booths throughout the community. Booths will be set up outside of a yet to be determined grocery retailer.
3-5 volunteers are needed for each location for Friday, July 11th from 4pm-7pm and Saturday, July 12th from 10am-1pm.
Contact Melissa Fernandez at 941-757-5779 or Melissa_Fernandez@uss.salvationarmy.org
1603 N. Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604
1100 W. Sligh Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
Volunteers are needed to: Assist with prepping, serving and clean-up for lunch. Assist with yard work, clearing brushes, window cleaning.
5-10 volunteers are needed from 8:30am-4:30pm.
Contact Jennifer Dodd at 813-224-9207 or firstname.lastname@example.org
1120 North Betty Lane
Clearwater, FL 33755
Volunteers are needed to: Assist with prepping, serving and clean-up for lunch. Assist with yard work, mulching and painting. Assist with sorting, organizing and pricing donations.
5-15 volunteers are needed for each project and each shift. Morning, lunch and evening shifts are available.
Victoria Richards at 727.442.9041 Ext. 107 or VictoriaR@ethep.org
To sign up please contact the site for which you would like to volunteer by July 8. Please be sure to include your T-shirt size. You will receive your tickets and T-shirt at your volunteer location. Details for the game on July 27 will be provided on Thanksmas Day of Volunteering.
For rolling up your sleeves with us, you'll receive an official Thanksmas volunteer T-shirt and tickets to the Red Sox vs Rays game on Sunday, July 27 and the opportunity to be in a group photo with the Rays skipper. Projects will benefit local Salvation Army chapters and the Homeless Emergency Project.
About Thanksmas: Tampa Bay Rays Manager Joe Maddon first introduced his annual Thanksmas program in 2006 with the purpose of bringing awareness to the homeless situation in Tampa Bay. Maddon cooked up the idea to create an event that brought attention to the growing number of homeless individuals in Tampa Bay by serving his family's traditional holiday favorites in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, a critical time for those in need.
Maddon took recipes from his Italian and Polish roots and combined them to create the Thanksmas meal. He rallied fellow coaches and staff members at Tropicana Field to prepare meals for thousands at bay area homeless shelters. Over the last eight Thankmas events, Maddon has served approximately 7,000 individuals in need and provided many with clothing, shoes, scarves and other necessities. His fundraising efforts have also resulted in thousands of dollars in donations to the shelters.