Charleston Basket Brigade was founded in 2008 after Pam Hartley and Michelle Scarafile met at an Anthony Robbins conference and learned about his charity’s efforts to feed the needy. They raised money and organized volunteers to deliver Thanksgiving meals to 75 families that year. In 2016, the organization plans to feed 3500 families in the Lowcountry.
The charity raised $105,000 this year, and 100% of the donations go to purchasing food. Piggly Wiggly offers the food at cost and delivers it to the processing center at the Charleston Area Convention Center in North Charleston. Each family receive a box with a 12-14 pound frozen turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, sweet potatoes, rolls and a pumpkin pie.
Event coordinator Emily Trogdon with business sponsor Momentum Marketing notes how this annual service project brings the community together. “I have been volunteering for Basket Brigade for the past 6 years, and it is jaw-dropping to see this effort come to life each year,” she said. “It is amazing to see all the people in our community who want to help our neighbors in need.”
The Thanksgiving meal boxes will be delivered Tuesday, November 22 by more than 600 volunteers. The families in need are identified by Communities In Schools, local churches and other community groups. Volunteers may choose the areas in which they wish to make deliveries. The boxes will be filled starting at 7 am Tuesday in Hall C at the Convention Center at 5000 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston, which is provided by the City of North Charleston. Those who wish to volunteer may sign up at http://www.CharlestonBasketBrigade.org. Communities In Schools provides maps for the deliveries.
Carolina One Real Estate is another major business sponsor for the Thanksgiving project. The company raises money for the meals and supplies hundreds of volunteers.