TAMPA, Fla., Dec. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) employees are giving back to the Tampa Bay community this holiday season through the company's annual "Santa Cause," a toy drive that provides thousands of gifts to children living in Metropolitan Ministries' temporary and long-term housing.In December, employees from 50 departments fulfilled the wish lists of more than 200 children living at Metropolitan Ministries, which provides life-changing support to those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by assisting them with food, clothing, shelter and other vital services. On Saturday, 45 WellCare employees and their families and friends joined forces to help wrap more than 2,000 gifts. Volunteers will deliver and distribute the gifts on Christmas morning. This is the fourth year WellCare has held this event. "At WellCare, our mission is to help our members live better, healthier lives, and we're proud to partner with Metropolitan Ministries for the fourth year in a row to help those families most in need have a happy, healthy holiday season," said Rhonda Mims, WellCare's senior vice president and chief public affairs officer. "On behalf of Metropolitan Ministries, I want to extend my thanks and appreciation to WellCare and its employees who are helping so many families in Tampa Bay have a joyful and happy holiday," said Tim Marks, Metropolitan Ministries' president and CEO. "We are thankful to have had the continued support of WellCare and look forward to continuing to serve our local communities." About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) focuses exclusively on providing government-sponsored managed care services through Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans to families, children, seniors and individuals with complex medical needs. The company served approximately 4.3 million members nationwide as of Sept. 30, 2017. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company's website at www.wellcare.com.View original content with multimedia: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/wellcare-toy-drive-benefits-hundreds-of-children-living-at-tampas-metropolitan-ministries-300572878.html SOURCE WellCare Health Plans, Inc.