Brandon "Gift of Hope" ensures families have a holiday feast

BRANDON, Fla. - Between now and the end of the year, the Brandon " Gift of Hope " is hoping to feed 16 hundred families a healthy hearty holiday meal.  

Formed by a handful of East Hillsborough churches and their congregations to avoid duplication of efforts, the holiday program is pulled together under the umbrella of the Emergency Care Help Organization -- or ECHO.

And the one thing their leadership sees this time of year is need. That is why -- even after the distribution of food on Friday and Saturday, they are still asking for donations.

"Any non-perishable items we need," said Stacey Efaw, Executive Director of ECHO. "Anything that you have for your family for Thanksgiving and you can provide financially and sponsor a Turkey for only $15 and we also need people to use their hands and come give of their time."

But this time, when the budget was being stretched thin, it was feared that some families might have to go with a Turkey-less feast, a local company stepped in and said that just wont do.

"This is the holiday that everybody focuses on food and so its a great way for our employees to get involved by helping to handout the turkeys," said Chris Smith, with Mosaic Community Relations. "For Mosaic to make the donation to supply the turkeys so that our neighbors can have food for Thanksgiving."

Thanksgiving distribution wrapped up on Saturday but Christmas distribution is just under a month away on December 20 and 21.

That happens at the First Baptist Church of Brandon on North Parsons Avenue.

For more information, visit www.brandongiftofhope.com .

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