BURKE, VA – When Robinson High School eighth grader Daphne Taylor learned that ECHO was collecting Christmas decorations for those in need, she wanted to help.
ECHO collected ornaments for people who could not afford them. Thanks to Taylor’s fundraising efforts, the fundraising campaign that was slated to end on December 17 has collected enough ornaments by December 10.
âOur house is a fun place to stay while on vacation,â Taylor said. âWe always do a lot of decorating and it makes me feel in the holiday spirit. I wanted to share that feeling with other people who might be struggling.â
Daphne Taylor and her mother worked together to reach out to family, friends and neighbors. Outreach was also carried out via social media on Facebook groups such as Living in Burke, Burke Moms, Buy Nothing Burke and Robinson Parents. She also made an Amazon Wish List to have items purchased and directly shipped to her.
Taylor noted that people she had never met before had dropped off items at her home.
âI am so grateful to see how many people have come together to support this project,â she said. “It’s been a lot of fun and I know there will be people in our community who can now come together around their own Christmas tree and celebrate the season.”
In addition to her recent efforts to help ECHO, Daphne Taylor volunteers at the Hidden Pond Nature Center, plays soccer with the Burke Athletic Club, and enjoys reading, writing, and acting. She lives with her parents and sister Vivian in Burke.
ECHO (also known as Ecumenical Community Helping Others), is a voluntary organization that helps people with food and financial assistance as well as necessities like clothing and household items. It serves postal codes 22151, 22152, 22153, 22015 and parts of 22150 and 22312.