It’s A Wrap!

Dear friends, Michelle Scarafile & Pam Hartley work tirelessly each year to feed thousands of families in need during the Thanksgiving holiday. And this year was no exception.  Last Tuesday, November 22nd, the tireless efforts of the duo paid off resulting in Thanksgiving meals for more than 21,000 people in the Lowcountry.

We wish to offer a heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated; be it a donation or volunteering your time.  Feeding this many people is no small feat and it wouldn’t come together without the kind and caring people of this community.

Wrapping up its ninth year, the project has grown exponentially. This year, with the help of so many volunteers and the organization’s partners at Carolina One Real Estate, Lowcountry Grocer’s Piggly Wiggly and Communities In Schools, the Charleston Basket Brigade was able to feed 3,500 families. Our Executive Director Emily Trogdon works closely with member of the community in need of assistance, not to mention the unbelievable press we’re able to garner thanks to Pam and her team at Momentum Marketing. Michelle works countless hours with Communities in Schools to locate families in need, plan out over 400 deliver routes and pair them with volunteers who deliver full, ready-to-cook Thanksgiving meals to their doorsteps.

We want to send a huge, heartfelt “Thank You” to everyone who contributed their time, their money, their gas mileage, and their support to the Charleston Basket Brigade!

Pam said, “We were overwhelmed by the sheer number of volunteers that showed up to help this year. It’s proof positive that this community really pulls together to help those in need. It was such an inspiring effort and Michelle and I are eternally grateful for every single person that gave of their time and resources.”

Want to be involved with next year’s Charleston Basket Brigade?  Sign up for updates on our 2017 efforts.


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The Coastal Cupboard Raises $4,002 for The CBB

knife sharpening thumbnailThousands of Charleston area residents brought in their knives to be sharpened at The Coastal Cupboard’s Semi Annual Charity Knife Sharpening Event to raise money for the Charleston Basket Brigade.  For just $1 per knife, guests got their knives sharpened at the store from October 30th through November 2nd which raised $4,002.00 for this year’s effort.

3Pitner said, “We had an overwhelming response for the Charity Knife Sharpening this year; it was awesome to see crowds of people lined up to sharpen their knives for such a great cause. We raised double the amount of money for the brigade this year!”

This is the third year that the Charleston Basket Brigade has been a beneficiary of The Coastal Cupboard Charity Knife Sharpening Event. Their support is invaluable to us and 133 families will enjoy a Thanksgiving meal thanks to their donation.

1794812_836422626380642_8652254747173446021_nGuests not only got their knives sharpened, but enjoyed knife skills demonstrations and shopped specials on cutlery sets and knife sharpeners, and knife gadgets.  Doc Crombie and Jimmy Hagood also came out to the event to keep everyone’s belly full and served free samples of their specialty sauces on food hot off of the Big Green Egg.   A portion of the proceeds from Jimmy Hagood and Doc Crombie’s BBQ sauce sales that weekend will also benefit the CBB.

10686650_836482569707981_7565051345514373899_nThe Charleston Basket Brigade wants to thank everyone who came out to get their knives sharpened and support this amazing event as well as the Carolina One agents and employees who organized and orchestrated the event; especially Patti Vick and Marty Belk.  Ladies, this event would have not been such a huge success without your help!

Thank you!


Charleston Basket Brigade Featured in Mount Pleasant Magazine

screen-shot-2014-11-04-at-2-58-37-pmThe Charleston Basket Brigade’s motto is “When a community comes together, magic happens” and this not only applies to those who donate or volunteer their time, but also to the local businesses and publications who rally around to support such an amazing cause.

Not only did this weekend’s Charity Knife Sharpening Event at The Coastal Cupboard raise an astounding  $4,002 which is the largest turn out to date, but Mount Pleasant Magazine recently featured the Charleston Basket Brigade in their November/December issue.

Head to page 63 in the magazine, or check out the digital version here.

Co-Founders of the Basket Brigade, Michelle Scarafile and Pam Hartley believe in the magic of delivering all the ingredients for a full Thanksgiving meal.  Pam says “We want to provide an opportunity for families to cook a meal together, to sit around their table and be grateful on Thanksgiving Day.”

Join us this year to reach our goal of feeding 3,300 local families.