ISSUE 2: Give Back This Holiday Season

How to give back to your community this holiday season.


Keirra McGoldrick, Staff Writer

The winter holiday season is the perfect time to give back. Many children and families are in need during what still is the confusing time of COVID-19. It’s time to start helping in the community.

Mary Lee’s House is an organization that aims to assist abused and neglected children in the community. With help from the government, private organizations such as the USF Child Protection Team, Voices for Children of Tampa Bay, and the Corbett Trauma Center. Mary Lee’s House also uses the public’s help with volunteers and donations for the children they help out of traumatic situations.

“Mary Lee’s House is a community collaboration committed to protecting, respecting, and healing the children of abuse and neglect who pass through our doors,” a Mary Lee’s House team member said on their website.

Donations can be made year-round but are especially needed during the holiday season. If you’re looking to donate, they can be dropped off during business hours at the Tampa office at 2806 N. Armenia Ave.

Doublemint Sitting is a babysitting service that is hosting its third annual toy drive for foster children this year. The owners Gabriella Rosello and Synthia Fairman,  Fairman being a foster child herself, have always had a special place in their hearts for foster children. They decided that they wanted to start a special toy drive for children and teenagers. They ensure that 350 foster children in our community’s wish lists get answered. It’s not only toys, but it’s also hygiene products and clothes for both males and females.

“We reached out to all the families in the Hillsborough county area and we asked them if we could sponsor their families for Christmas,” Rosello said to a reporter from Bay 9 News.

To help, email them the age, gender and how many children you would like to help. Donations can be dropped off in Camp Doublemint at Westshore Plaza, Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. before Dec. 15.

Take these organizations not only as a guide but as an inspiration for things to do this winter break. Donating to the community and people in need is the perfect way to give back this year.