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LifeCare of Brandon Celebrates 25 Years and Opens New Office

LifeCare of Brandon Celebrates 25 Years and Opens New Office

Karen Brooks, current director of LifeCare and Cookie Gray, former director, are excited about the plans and changes happening during their 25th anniversary. In 1987, there weren’t many options available for females when faced with an unplanned pregnancy in Hillsborough County. The pregnancy rate was continually increased; however the services to help those facing an(…)

Sisters Sell Paintings For A Kid’s Place

Sisters Sell Paintings For A Kid’s Place

Sisters Emma, Isabella and Camryn Thatcher sold watercolor paintings as a way to raise money to give A Kid’s Place a new XBOX 360 Kinect, two remotes and five games this past Christmas. Normally, during the month of December younger kids spend their days dreaming of new toys and counting down the hours and minutes(…)

Scouting For Food Drive Helps The Needy In Our Area

Scouting For Food Drive Helps The Needy In Our Area

Help the Scouts of Gulf Ridge Council help others by filling the Scouting for Food bags distributed by the Boy Scouts. Bags filled with non-perishable food items will be picked up by the Scouts on Saturday, February 18. Each year, the Boy Scouts of Gulf Ridge Council conduct a food drive. The Scouting For Food(…)

County Opens Cold Weather Shelters

County Opens Cold Weather Shelters

As Tampa Bay area expects to see freezing temperatures this week, the Hillsborough County cold weather shelters have opened their doors for the homeless and those who live in homes without adequate heat.   The shelters first opened on Monday, January 2, and will continue to provide assistance to those in need.   Hillsborough County(…)

Newsome Basketball Team Gives Back To The Community

Newsome Basketball Team Gives Back To The Community

During their winter break the Newsome High School varsity basketball team collected toys to donate to ECHO in time for the holidays. The Newsome High School varsity basketball team did not just spend their Christmas break practicing for their Christmas tournament and gearing up for the second half of their season in January; the team(…)

Tampa Jewish Family Services Seeks Families In Need At New Food Bank

Tampa Jewish Family Services Seeks Families In Need At New Food Bank

Tampa Jewish Family Services (TJFS) recently unveiled a new food bank being offered at Brandon’s Congregation Beth Shalom, located at 706 Bryan Rd. According to CEO Michael Barnett, the agency researched the need to expand its Counseling and Food Bank services in Brandon. TJFS leadership consulted with Access 211, United Way of Tampa Bay and(…)

Sylvia Thomas Center Puts The “Forever” In Forever Families

Sylvia Thomas Center Puts The “Forever” In Forever Families

The Sylvia Thomas Center For Adoptive and Foster Families, Inc. (The Sylvia Thomas Center) is a nonprofit organization that provides service to adoptive and foster families to help them stay together when problems arise. As President and CEO Denise G. Jamieson said, “We help put the ‘forever’ in ‘forever families.’” Jamieson further explained, “Many think(…)

Family Safe as Fire Destroys Lithia Home

Family Safe as Fire Destroys Lithia Home

Friends, family, neighbors and members of the community, quickly responded to the aid of FishHawk Ranch residents John and Melissa Watson, following a fire that destroyed the couple’s home on Monday, December 12, 2011.   Arriving on the scene, at around 7:30 p.m., Hillsborough County Fire Rescue personnel found the home located at 6160 Kiteridge(…)

Annual Toy Drives Create Happy Holiday Memories For Children

‘Tis the season not only to be jolly, but also to be generous and promote good will towards others. This year, throughout the holiday season, the greater Tampa area has a variety of different opportunities that allow us to make a difference in children’s lives in the form of holiday toy drives. Supportive Therapy Empowering(…)

Local Mom Gets To Build Her Own Home With Habitat For Humanity

Single mom Raquell Piper doesn’t have a lot. With a single-wide mobile home needing expensive repairs and a 8-year-old son to raise, extras were a privilege. But, being a member of Bay Life Church, she noticed that Habitat For Humanity was in need of some donations. Because the church directs a lot of its giving(…)