Gulfport family no longer homeless but still needs help

On the wish list: dog food, people food and home goods.

click to enlarge The list of things this Gulfport family needs includes basics, like pots and pans, but also books for the kids. - Cathy Salustri
Cathy Salustri
The list of things this Gulfport family needs includes basics, like pots and pans, but also books for the kids.

A once-homeless Tampa Bay family has a home for the holidays.

Now they need your help furnishing it.

No, they're not asking for anything extravagant, but the family — a single mother of four boys — has few material things.

"The good news is that they are coming out of homelessness and creating a home. With this good news comes an opportunity to help. The family is starting over and needs most anything and everything to help furnish and make a home," Gulfport Neighbors' President Margarete Tober wrote in an email Monday evening.

The mom and her sons — ages 3-12 — need basic supplies for the bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchen. This includes things like dishes, pots and pans, towels, sheets and cleaning supplies.

On Friday, Dec. 7, Gulfport Community Officer Zach Mills and Gulfport Elementary School Resource Officer Mike Sigsbee will be at Gulfport City Hall (2401 53rd St. S., Gulfport) to accept donations from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Here's the list of needs, as provided by the Gulfport Elementary School social worker. It looks like they have a dog, too — one of the wish list items includes dog food.

Here's what they need


coffee table


area rug/runner

TV, if possible (living room, mom, kids)

TV table

welcome mat (2)

dog food

canned goods

any food


pots and pans



dish towels

drain stopper

area rug for sink

mop and mop bucket

broom & dustpan

dish detergent

floor cleaner

shower curtain and curtain rod

bathroom rugs

toothbrushes and toothpaste

shampoo & conditioner

body wash

baby wash

bunkbeds (two sets)

dressers (two, and the bigger the better)

clothes hangers

area rugs (three)

full size bed

dresser for mom

books for the kids

About The Author

Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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