WFLA News Channel 8 to Hold 13th Annual KINDNESS DAY

Benefits 5 local charities including Feeding Tampa Bay, OneBlood, Toys for Tots, Hillsborough Education Foundation & Tampa Rough Riders

TAMPA, Fla. – WFLA News Channel 8 will host its 13th Annual KINDNESS DAY on Friday, Dec. 10 at News Channel 8’s visitor’s parking lot located at 200 S. Parker St. in Tampa. Kindness Day supports five Tampa Bay keystone charities – Feeding Tampa Bay, OneBlood, Toys for Tots, Hillsborough Education Foundation and the Tampa Rough Riders. Donations will be received via a fast and easy, COVID-safe drive-through drop-off system.

Viewers can donate a new toy, a new teddy bear, non-perishable food, school supplies and/or give blood to help families in need during the holiday season. Volunteers from each charity will be on-hand to accept donations Friday starting at 6 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. OneBlood will have two Big Red Buses on site to accept blood donations for those who have time to stop, park and donate.

Meet our News Channel 8 reporters and anchors:

  • Brianda Villegas – 6 a.m. to noon
  • Deanne King – 6 to 7 a.m. & 8:30 a.m.
  • Avery Cotton – 7:30 and 8:30 a.m.
  • Chris Martinez – 8 and 8:30 a.m.
  • Amanda Holly – 8:30 a.m.
  • Melissa Marino – 3 to 5 p.m.

“This year marks our 13th year for Kindness Day and this special holiday event keeps gaining more traction – our viewers are the best. We’re proud to welcome the Hillsborough Education Foundation as our fifth charity. Kindness Day truly represents the station’s 8 On Your Side brand and serves our Tampa Bay community,” said Mark Higgins, Vice-President and General Manager of WFLA/News Channel 8 and WTTA/Great 38.

Each passing car that donates will be handed ONE Goody Bag* containing gifts and offers from our kind and generous community partners: Chick-fil-A; Florida Strawberry Festival, Tampa Bay Rays, Casper’s Company, McDonald’s Restaurants, Henry B. Plant Museum, Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, OneBlood, Tampa Bay Lightning, Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co., Cool Today, Publix, Simply IOA, Circle K, Trade Winds Island Resorts, Enchant Christmas, Edible Arrangements and Famous Tate.

News Channel 8’s KINDNESS DAY is sponsored by Circle K, Publix, Spectrum Mobile, Simply IOA, Cool Today, Enchant Christmas, Edible Arrangements, Famous Tate, Old Northeast Jewelers, Don’t Buy it Tampa Bay and Achieva Credit Union.

Join us Friday, December 10 from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. and GIVE the gift that doesn’t come in a box – KINDNESS.

DROP-OFF ITEMS NEEDED are new teddy bears, canned and non-perishable foods, new unwrapped toys, school supplies and willing blood donors. *Goody Bags to be distributed while supplies last.

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