It's a bird, it's a plane, it's ... the green machine?
The giant Patch RV — 31 feet long and 8 feet wide — is lumbering through the 19 Tampa Bay towns we cover, including right here in Bloomingdale-Riverview. We are making stops at local events and visiting businesses and organizations. We're also spreading the word about Patch and through our Patch Give-a-Ton Food Drive.
Stop by, meet an editor, help a good cause and take part in some of our sweet Patch giveaways! Here's a look at our schedule for the rest of the week.
Patch RV Schedule
TUESDAY, MAY 8
We'll be parked outside , 401 S. Parsons Ave., in Brandon during breakfast and lunch, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Drop by to get some free Patch stuff, share your news and views with us and learn how to post your own announcements, photos, events and blogs on our site. Don’t forget to bring a canned good or non-perishable food item for donation to the and you'll have a chance to win a Copper Bell gift certificate!
The RV will then head to in Riverview and set up near from 2-5 p.m. Come say hello, drop off your canned goods or sign up for the Patch newsletter and get some free Patch swag!
WEDNESDAY, MAY 9
Local business owners are invited to come join us at Plaza Bella, on the corner of Bloomingdale Avenue and Bell Shoals Road, from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. We'll be offering one-on-one advice and group sessions on Facebook, social media and how to reach your customers online. Just look for the big green Patch RV in the parking lot — you won't be able to miss us!
If you can't make it out to our local events, you can also help our neighbors in need by dropping off canned goods or nonperishables at any of our other area Give-a-Ton Food Drive partners:
- , 405 Beverly Blvd.
- , 619 Vonderburg Dr.
- , 10011 Water Works Lane, Riverview
- HCC at The Regent (lower level, Brandon campus satellite of Hillsborough Community College), 6437 Watson Rd.
- , 1046 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico
- , 1048 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico
- , 16132 Churchview Dr., Lithia
- , 1044 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico
- , 2080 Badlands Dr.
- Uncle Mike's Smokehouse Grill, 9847 East Adamo Dr.
Together we hope to raise one TON of food, so we need your help. And we're looking forward to meeting you!