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Operation: Gimme Shelter

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Released 27 November 2013

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Join "Operation: Gimme Shelter" to Provide Shelter to Tampa Homeless through the Holiday Season

The Tampa Police Department and Downtown Partnership are leading the charge in the fight against homelessness this holiday season.

On November 27th, 2013, Chief Jane Castor, on behalf of TPD, and the Downtown Partnership called a press conference to challenge Downtown Tampa businesses to donate money to The Salvation Army of Hillsborough County to help homeless have a place to stay during the holidays.

Operation: Gimme Shelter will run from November 27th through December 31st. Every $10 donation will provide secure housing for a night, a shower, and two meals for someone living on Tampa's streets. With the many cold nights to come, $10 can make a real difference in a homeless person's life this holiday season.

The Tampa Police Department kicked off Operation: Gimme Shelter with a $2,000 donation to a special fund within The Salvation Army specifically designated to provide shelter for the homeless. The Tampa Downtown Partnership is taking a lead role in the operation, contributing $1,000 and reaching out to their membership to build more support in helping Tampa's Homeless.

The Sunset Musical Festival donated the $2,000 to TPD for this cause.

To donate to Operation: Gimme Shelter, please visit or mail a check to PO Box 2839, Tampa, FL 33601. Please write "Operation: Gimme Shelter" in the memo line. Credit card donations designated to Operation: Gimme Shelter can also be made via phone at 813-228-7616.


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