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.”

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The Pig Is Back!

The Charleston Basket Brigade (CBB) is pleased to announce that Piggly Wiggly is the official 2016 food partner for our 9th annual event.

The 2016 goal is to raise $105,000 to feed 3,500 Charleston Tri-County families (approximately 21,000 people) this year for Thanksgiving. This year the CBB will take place at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 promptly at 7:00 am. The CBB is a grassroots effort and 100% of donations are utilized to purchase food. A full list of volunteer and fundraising opportunities are available online at
As the official food partner, all groceries will be purchased from Piggly Wiggly. Piggly Wiggly has also committed an $11,000 discount on food to the Charleston Basket Brigade, and will coordinate all of the food being delivered to the Charleston Area Convention Center for meal assembly.

Lynn Willard, President of Lowcountry Grocers, LLC, said, “We are thrilled to be the food partner for the Charleston Basket Brigade. This is a true local partnership of local people and local companies making a difference. This is an opportunity for our Piggly Wiggly family to help out other families in need. We work and live in this community, and we see the people that need help every day. One hundred percent of the Charleston Basket Brigade effort helps people that are truly in need. It is humbling and exciting to be a part of it.”

Pam Hartley, co-founder of the Charleston Basket Brigade said, “After our first year, we teamed up with Piggly Wiggly in 2009. Piggly Wiggly was the most generous partner to work with and supported our efforts in many ways. We worked with closely with the Pig for several years until the company sold most of its stores throughout Charleston. When Lynn Willard approached us earlier this year about Piggly Wiggly lending its support, we were ecstatic. As a local company, Piggly Wiggly is the perfect match for the Basket Brigade. Our mission is grassroots and heartfelt, and Lynn Willard and his entire Piggly Wiggly team share in our vision and passion to serve our local community. We couldn’t be happier to have them as our grocery partner.”

The CBB was founded in 2008 by close friends Pam Hartley and Michelle Scarafile. What started as a small effort feeding 75 families has grown to serve 3,500 families in its ninth year. In the past eight years, the Charleston Basket Brigade has raised a total of $534,500 and fed 17,839 families in need (approximately 142,712 people; as each meal feeds six to ten people).

It only takes $30 to feed a family of six and every penny raised is utilized to purchase food. Each family receives a box of food to cook an entire Thanksgiving meal including a 10-12 lb. turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, fresh rolls, and a pumpkin pie. Inside the box is an anonymous letter that reads, “This comes to you from someone who cares about you. All we ask is that you take care of yourself well enough to be able to do this for someone else one day.”

Hundreds of Charleston area residents, businesses, schools, churches, organizations raise money and volunteer each and every year to make the Charleston Basket Brigade happen. After a year of fundraising, volunteers gather at the Charleston Area Convention Center to assemble the meals and then hand deliver every single to meal to the receiving families.

To successfully execute the effort, the CBB also partners with Carolina One Real Estate, Communities In Schools, and Momentum Marketing.

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!