The Tappahannock branch of department store chain Peebles raised $1,664.00 for the Essex County Homeless Organization during their “30 Days of Giving” campaign which ran throughout the month of April.


The Tappahannock store had among the highest response rate of any of the company’s 787 stores across the nation. District Manager Dave Zitzelberger, who drove to Tappahannock just to make the check presentation said,  “The Tappahannock store was definitely one of the top stores. It really comes down to the customers in the community really caring about what’s going on in the community.”


Tappahannock Peebles Store Manager Tony Adams added, “We were really excited about having ECHO on board with us this spring. Our associates really stepped up to the plate and did an outstanding job and the response from the community was excellent – lots of donations. We’re just so glad to have the opportunity to give back to our local community; it’s important to all of us in the organization.” The “30 Days of Giving” program has now raised over $7 million dollars for more than 1,000 local organizations across the country.


ECHO Board President Barb Jump was thrilled to accept the check from Zitzelberger, Adams and some of the Tappahannock Associates. “Helping ECHO kick off our Raise the Roof campaign to establish a homeless shelter in Tappahannock with this generous check is just the kind of boost we needed. The terrific response shows our local community understands the life or death difference bringing homeless people in from the freezing cold can make.”


The Peebles Tappahannock store is located at 1366 Tappahannock Blvd. Shoppers will find brand name men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, accessories, cosmetics, footwear and housewares.


The Essex County Homeless Organization is a 501(c) 3 community based charitable organization. ECHO’s Raise the Roof campaign was started to enable the organization to acquire  a vacant building in Tappahannock where the need is critical. The shelter is to be named “Gregory House” in honor of the late Dr John Gregory whose extraordinary service to his community set an example of both generosity and of welcome ECHO aims to continue. ECHO is seeking partnerships with other charitable, service-oriented groups to help raise funds for the purchase, refurbishing, and operation of an appropriate facility.