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With variety of clothes, ECHO Trunk Show expands to two days

RIVERVIEW — East Hillsborough dwellers will have an opportunity to help out a local charity by engaging in little retail therapy this weekend.

The Emergency Care Help Organization holds its fifth annual designer trunk show and benefit today and Saturday at the Barn at Winthrop, 11349 Bloomingdale Ave.

It's the first time the nonprofit expanded the event to two days. Most of the clothing items will be priced at less than $10.

"We're your local homegrown charity right here in Brandon, so it's not like it comes in some big thrift store conglomerate," said ECHO executive director Eleanor Saunders. "I think it's fun because it brings all the name brands to one place and the prices are cheaper than what you would spend at most thrift stores."

The shopping choices also will include gently used designer shoes, handbags, jewelry and formal/homecoming dresses.

The organization, which serviced more than 14,000 individuals last year, was established in 1987 as a food pantry and clothing assistance resource. It began as a way to help those who experienced a recent emergency of any kind, from job loss to medical emergencies and home loss.

Now serving 15 ZIP codes and having helped more than 180,000 residents since its inception, ECHO is planning exciting ways to engage the community— one of them being the designer trunk show.

"It's totally affordable and something fun you can do with your girlfriends," Saunders said. "And I like it because it has to do with clothes and a big part of our mission is providing emergency food and clothes, so I want people to think about clothes. When they're tired of what they're wearing they can donate it to us and we'll put it to good use."

The ECHO fall designer trunk show will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday.

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