Thursday, December 17, 2009

I heard the ECHO today!

Hello, everyone!  I have some fabulous news: Drop Your Drawers will be partnering with ECHO Outreach Ministries here in Tallahassee to distribute the donated goods to the people who need them!  Today, I spoke with ECHO's Emergency Resource Program Director, who affirmed the great need in our community for adult diapers, infant diapers, and feminine sanitary products.  She was delighted to hear about our efforts.  I will be meeting with her in person when I deliver the donations after the completion of the initial drive.  This is exciting!

For those who are not yet aware, ECHO Outreach Ministries is a nonprofit organization that has been in Tallahassee for almost thirty years.  They provide many kinds of goods for emergency assistance, including food, clothes, and furniture, to needy persons in our community.  They also provide employment assistance and family services.  ECHO has partnered with local houses of worship, and is a member of both the Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of the Big Bend.   ECHO stands for Emergency Care Help Organization, and here is the website:  From their website: "ECHO is the largest faith based human services agency directly assisting more than 20,690 people each year. ECHO puts faith into action by serving people in crisis and poverty."  Thank you, ECHO, for generously partnering with us!

As you may have inferred from the above, I am broadening the initial request: instead of just collecting diapers and underwear, I would also like to collect donations of packs of sanitary pads and tampons.  These are all the kinds of items that are desperately needed, are often expensive, are very personal, and are not covered by other kinds of assistance (like Medicaid or food stamps).  Yet, by and large, people rarely think to donate these.  So, to put on your Christmas shopping list: diapers and pads of all kinds!

Stay tuned for our first donation drive, coming soon!

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