Local charities to benefit from float success

January 31, 2013 by  

The January 26 ‘Gasparilla’ festival in Tampa saw local community group Thieves of San Lorenzo (TSL) receive such a positive response to its festive efforts, it had to enter more than one float to accommodate all of its bead-showering volunteers.

Talking about the krewe’s efforts and the success of its floats, TSL president Nancy Fisher said:

“We actually make the floats ourselves. We’ve had a couple vendors help us, but everything is mostly done from scratch.”

“I want to make sure all the girls have a good time, the crowd stays back, and we want to throw the City of Tampa a lot of beads.”

The krewe at the event chose to carry out its work in support of a number of charity and support groups in the area, including anti-domestic violence organization The Spring, which offers a 24-hour helpline.

Another beneficiary of the krewe’s campaign was the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay, which was profiled this month on WTSP’s website. The feature highlighted its Telephone Reassurance program, which offers warmth, good cheer, and an ear to listen to seniors and people with disabilities in the area.

The service has a very practical side as well. If a caller cannot get a response, he or she tries to find a friend or relative to physically check on the person. The service also delivers birthday cards and holiday gifts.

The Crisis Center always needs volunteers, and could work with a brochure printer to explain their mission and how to join the organization, while members of the Thieves of San Lorenzo could carry out flyer printing to promote its efforts.