In the midst of shopping and preparing for this holiday season, it is important to remember that the true spirit of the holidays is in giving and helping those less fortunate than ourselves. A wonderful organization, right near Waterleaf, called ECHO would love your help this season.
ECHO (Emergency Care Help Organization), located in Brandon, serves as a food pantry and clothing assistance source for in-need residents within eastern Hillsborough County. ECHO began in 1987 and has provided resources to over 180,000 individuals and families in need.
Assisting more than 14,000 residents (half of which are children), ECHO is supported by a community of dedicated volunteers and donors. Emergencies come in all forms, including job loss, homelessness, injuries, and other misfortunes. ECHO’s mission is to help those in need of emergency care to get the food and clothing needed for survival, while helping them towards a path of self-sufficiency. From providing help with resumes, G.E.D. courses, new mother courses, healthy living classes, free vision testing, homeless assistance and career transition courses, to helping families eat this holiday season – ECHO is working overtime to provide the community with relief from hardships.
A fun event to attend and take part in is ECHO’s Charity Thrift Sale Event, which is held on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 507 North Parsons Avenue. Bring donation items, shop, or volunteer at ECHO’s Charity Thrift Sale event. Profits help support ECHO, in turn helping those in need within the Brandon area.
If you are interested in giving back through ECHO this holiday season, visit www.ECHOFL.COM for more information on how you can help.