Stop, Shop & Benefit Local Food Banks During Feed The Bay Community Event

By Libby Hopkins How does one community collect 180,908 lbs. of food and gift cards in one day and get it delivered to the organizations that need it? With a local event, started seven years ago called Feed The Bay, where churches, communities and local grocery stores work together to do something good. One of […]

The Annual Scouting For Food Drive Helps Area Residents In Need

The Annual Scouting For Food Drive Helps Area Residents In Need

By Kathy L. Collins For 25 years, the Boy Scouts of Gulf Ridge Council have participated in a nationwide food drive called “Scouting For Food.” This year’s food drive will be kicked off on Saturday, February 16 when Scouts deliver bags to thousands of homes throughout the greater Brandon area. Residents are asked to fill […]

Local Businesses Partner With ECHO To End Childhood Hunger

By Kathy L. Collins Hunger is a very real problem. In Hillsborough County hunger affects one in six people. For children, the statistics are worse with nearly 20 percent more children than adults facing issues related to hunger every day. For these reasons, six area Beef O’Brady’s and USAmeri Bank have teamed up with ECHO […]

Summer Movie Program Produces Red Carpet Results For Three Local Charities

By Alicia Squillante Just this past summer, the AMC Regency off Brand Blvd. celebrated a huge win for local charities by continuing their Summer Fun Flicks movie days. Each week. the theater showed a previously run children’s movie and charged $1 for admission which went to three local charities: Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO), the […]

Eco Quest Challenges All Residents

New and improved, the Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) is kicking off its Fourth Annual Eco Quest, offering four challenges for residents to choose from this coming spring. Scheduled for Saturday, March 28, from 8 a.m.-12 Noon at the Alafia State River Park, located at 14326 S. C.R. 39 in Lithia, the Eco Quest has […]

Brandon ‘86 Rotary Club Celebrates

By De’ger Saner Brandon ‘86 Rotary Club held its annual charity check presentations and gave over $25,000 to eight charities in December, which included $10,000 for Brandon Outreach Clinic, a matching grant partnering with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida. “This gift was made at the request of the Brandon ‘86 Rotary Club,” wrote […]

Feed The Bay Event To Help The Needy

By Donna M. Rogers Based on the motto, “Together we can do more,” 14 churches in the Brandon area and two grocery store chains will join forces to combat hunger and poverty in a practical way. Due to the overwhelming basic needs of our community,

Bleu Donates Special Day For Victim

There has been a recent outpouring of support from the community for the East Bay High School student who was attacked at Bloomingdale Library in April.