This summer Westwood is reading books about racial justice. In August we are going to discuss “I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In A World Made for Whiteness” by Austin Channing Brown. Our discussion will be held via Zoom on Thursday August 27th at 7:00 pm. You can pick up a copy of the book at any bookstore location or the following:
ECHO pleaded for help to alleviate the hardship in our community caused by the pandemic, and donors are responding! We have distributed more than 14,000 bags of food since March 1. While we continue to need food, we are now expanding assistance to meet more needs of families with children. We thank you for past assistance and ask for your help to continue this extraordinary effort.
Children grow, thank goodness, pandemics or not, so ECHO will start offering school supplies and children’s clothing to families who need them as we continue to meet the overwhelming need for food. Because of social distancing, our volunteers would be swamped by the normal stream of donations, so please follow the guidelines below. You can help us by presorting your donations and bringing them to ECHO, 7205 Old Keene Mill Road, weekdays 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. ECHO continues to be closed on Wednesday evenings.
Donate children’s shoes and summer clothing ONLY- no adult clothing or housewares yet, in bags or boxes marked as “Young Children Clothing” or “Older Children/Teen Clothing.”
Donate new school supplies in bags or boxes marked “New School Supplies.” We especially need backpacks, 2” binders, wide or college rule spiral notebooks and notepaper, broad or thin colored markers, 12 pack colored pencils, glue sticks.
Donate food or hygiene products in bags separate from clothing or school supply donations, and mark them “Food.” Please avoid giant sized products because they are difficult for ECHO to use. Urgent needs now include: canned fruits and vegetables, tortillas, vegetable oil, peanut butter, soup, crackers, Bandaids, hand lotion, razors, shaving cream.