Donate Goods & Services
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Dollar value of Clothing Provided
What you can do
15,521 neighbors came through our doors last year looking for a meal . . . looking for change. Meeting the needs of our community is made possible through donations. Your gently-used or surplus clothing and household goods change lives! That’s because your donations.
When you give donated items they are used in one of three ways.
- They either go directly to our neighbors in need.
- We recycle, re-purpose and reuse through our upscale, up-cycle ECHO Handmade Online Store or at our ECHO Boutique.
- Local neighbors also benefit, as they have come to rely on the bargains at our monthly Thrift sale to make their own ends meet.
You can help by making a personal donation of our most needed items, hosting a donation drive, providing bulk donations or donating gently used items for the family we serve.
Businesses can also help by providing goods or services.
Our most needed items:
- Peanut Butter
- Canned Meats
- Canned Vegetables and Fruit
- Canned or Bagged beans
- Diapers/Pull Ups
- Hygiene Products
We also used donated items at our ECHO Handmade online store.
Ties, silverware, jeans, etc. are turned into fashionable one of kind bags, pouches, cuff and key chains that is sold on our online store and local vendors, like The Green Boutique and The Revolution Ice Cream Company.
Here’s some easy steps to follow:
Step 1: Determine whether or not the items you wish to donate are useful.
We can only make use of items that are new, nearly new or gently used. If you don’t have use for your old, tattered items, chances are it will also be a burden to a person in need. Our mission is to promote dignity among those we serve by providing them the things they need to make a fresh start.
Step 2: Drop off your donations
Brandon: 813-685-0935 | 507 N. Parsons Ave. Brandon, FL 33510
Monday – Friday: 8:30-12:30 | Tuesday: 5:00-7:00 pm | Saturday: 8:00-12:00
South County (Riverview): 813-540-9880 | 7807 Capitano St. Riverview, FL 33578
Tuesday – Friday: 9:00-1:00
Step 3: Call our Donation Line for questions
Call our donation hotline 813-685-0935 ext. 8002 and leave a message detailing the kind of items you wish to donate and your phone number. We will contact you by the next business day. If we are not able to receive your donation, we will gladly refer you to one of our many partner agencies in the area.
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Jim, who was recently homeless, needed work boots for a new job. Besides helping him with the boots, we offered him food and clothing. Jim appreciated the offer, but all he wanted, he said, were the boots. You never know what a difference your donation of clothing and shoes can make in a person’s life!
Frequently Asked Questions
What does ECHO accept for donations?
We accept all forms of clean gently reusable clothing: babies to adults. In addition we accept all type of clothing accessories, shoes, hats, ties, belts, etc.
What Food Donations do you accept?
We accept nonperishable canned food.
Does ECHO accept furniture?
No, we do not accept any type of furniture or mattress at all.
Should we bring our old hangers to ECHO?
As we have established a standard type of hanger that best fits our needs we do not need hangers of any type.
Do you accept toys and//or books?
We do accept toys and books in good condition.
Does ECHO accept car seats?
No we don’t accept any car seats, strollers, high chairs, play pens, or walkers mostly due to safety related issues but also due to space constraints in our facilities.
What about linens like towels, blankets, sheets, etc?
Yes we accept clean gently reusable linens, towels and blankets as they are needed by many of the neighbors that visit us for help. In the case of sheets it is a big help if they are folded and tagged with a size.
What about small kitchen items?
We do accept most small kitchen appliances like toasters, blenders, and coffee pots if they are in good shape. We accept dishes, flatware, pots and pans and cooking utensils that are in good shape also.
How about electronic or computer equipment?
We really don’t have the time to test and/or repair any electronic equipment and therefore we do not accept any of those items at all unless outlined above.
When do you accept donations?
We accept donations during operating hours listed at each of our facilities and they vary so please confirm by checking hours on this web site prior to coming. Please do not leave any donations on the sidewalk outside.
Can I just drop donations off whenever I want?
We prefer, for the security of your items and our facilities that donations are made during our regular operating hours.
Are all donations given away or do you sell items?
We provide our neighbors in crisis with all available items at no charge as they receive services from us. Some items are sold at our Saturday thrift sales at our Brandon location and all funds are used to purchase materials we give away.
Funds donated in excess of need will help us continue to serve the hungry and vulnerable in our community, throughout the year. Echo of Brandon, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization. A copy of the official registration (CH15550) and financial information may be obtained from the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the state 1-800-435-7352. Registration doesn’t imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the state. Gifts to ECHO are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.