It’s A Wrap!

12304483_895499650504175_18737199522749578_oThe CBB is on a mission every year to provide Charleston area families with all of the ingredients they need to cook a Thanksgiving meal.

This year was our biggest effort to date – with a mission to feed 3,500 Lowcountry families. And yesterday we did just that!

Hundreds of volunteers piled in the Charleston Area Convention Center to assemble all of the meals and then hand-deliver each and every meal to the receiving families.

The press we received from the local stations was amazing!  Aaron WCIV and Live 5 News were there bright and early at 5am to do their spots and we made the front page of The Post & Courier.

In order to feed 3,500 families (approximately 21,000 residents) we had to raise $105,000.  It only takes $30 to feed a family and each meal feeds a family of six. Every family receives all of the ingredients to cook a Thanksgiving meal: a 14 lb. turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potatoes, marshmallows, corn, green beans, Jiffy cornbread mix and a pumpkin pie.  Finally, the meal comes with a note that says “This comes to you from someone who cares. All we ask is that you take care of yourself well enough one day to do this for someone else someday.”

2015-CBB-front-page“When a community comes together, magic happens,” said our co-founder Pam Hartley. “The list goes on and on of people who make this effort happen every year. Members of the community, local organizations, churches, and countless community members donate their time and money to feed their neighbors in need. The Charleston Basket Brigade is the result of our loving, philanthropic, Charleston community.”

Our own Emily Trogdon added, “It is always such a heartwarming experience to see hundreds of smiling volunteers come together to provide a meal to those in need at Thanksgiving. It brings tears to my eyes every year to see the outpouring of support to serve these families that would otherwise not have a Thanksgiving meal. Thank you to everyone!”

A special thank you to EVERY SINGLE VOLUNTEER who joined The Charleston Basket Brigade this year; especially our partners, Carolina One Real Estate Services and Communities in Schools.  We would not be able to create this magical event with out you.

See more photos from the event on the Charleston Basket Brigade’s facebook page here. ​

The Charleston Basket Brigade is still in need of donations. Please visit www.CharlestonBasketBrigade.org.

 

 

 

 

A big weekend for The CBB!

IMG_9417It was a big fundraising weekend for The Charleston Basket Brigade.

Emily and Michelle were down on King Street (in what was truly the first chilly day of the season) at Second Sunday auctioning off some amazing, all-inclusive vacation trips to the Caribbean.  Special thanks to Sebastian Culpepper, Angela Williams, Rusty Streetman and Julian Smith who were our big winners of the day.  Together, we raised $3,500!

From Thursday – Sunday, volunteers from Carolina One Longpoint Road office manned the tables at Coastal Cupboard’s Annual Knife Sharpening talking up the Basket Brigade, recruiting volunteers and helping to get those knives sharpened.

Under the guidance of Patti Vick, that group raised $3,194.

charitySpecial thanks go out to not only The Coastal Cupboard, but also Betsy Martin, Karen Coley, Tom Ritter, Tricia Gilbert, Liz Tecco, Derek Epperson, Jane Abbott, Peggy Leete, Cindy Elenberger and Jason Newhauser for volunteering your time this past weekend…

Between the two events, we raised almost $6,700.   Thank you!  Your efforts truly matter!

 

 

It’s almost “GO” time!

Each year it seems that the time between Basket Brigade gets shorter and shorter. (Maybe that’s because we’re all getting older? LOL)

Regardless, this year’s event is upon us and we’ve upped the ante.

Our goal this year is to feed 3,500 families (That 21,000 people y’all) and to do it, we’ve got to raise $105,000.

Which leads in to something we’re super excited to share with you…

As you may or may not know, Carolina One Real Estate Services is our biggest partner. They are our largest source of volunteers and a vital part of our fundraising efforts. Check out the video below of our little ones working to make a difference for families less fortunate in our community.

We proudly present CORE KIDS CARE 2015!

As of today, we’re about a quarter of the way towards our goal and we’ve only got three more weeks to raise the money we need to pull this epic event off.

$30 is all it takes to feed a less fortunate family this Thanksgiving.   Your donation will go towards providing a complete Thanksgiving feast for those who would otherwise go without.  The meal includes: a 10-12 lb turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, rolls and a pie.

There are lots of ways you can get involved…

For starters, please share the above video!

Sponsor a family or two (or three) and sign up to deliver.  Click here for more information on how to get involved.