We have set our 2011 goal to raise $75,000 to feed 2,500 families, which is approximately 15,000 people in the Charleston Tri-county area on Thanksgiving Day! The 4th Annual Charleston Basket Brigade will take place on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at the North Charleston Coliseum (Exhibit Hall C) beginning at 7:00 am.
2011 promises to be a record year for us! The North Charleston Coliseum (with the support of the Mayor’s office) is donating 25,000 sq. ft. of space to serve as a central staging area for assembly and delivery on November 22. Sixteen prominent local businesses will be collecting “Change for Change” at their cash registers October 10 through November 11. Other local organizations, businesses and people in the community are holding several fundraisers to benefit the Basket Brigade.
We have partnered with Carolina One Real Estate, Piggly Wiggly, Communities In Schools and Momentum Marketing to help reach our goal along with the great efforts of hundreds of local volunteers and concerned citizens.
Carolina One staffers, agents and event volunteers raise money, assemble the meals at pre- set staging areas and deliver meals to the families. Communities In Schools, a non-profit dropout prevention organization with 27 counselors in 18 schools throughout Charleston and Berkeley County, locates the families that will receive meals based on need and maps out directions for delivery. Piggly Wiggly provides discounts on food, boxes, and delivers food to the preset staging area for assembly and delivery. Momentum Marketing (Hartley’s company) provides public relations, marketing, fundraising and event coordination assistance.
In the past three years, the Charleston Basket Brigade has raised a total of $63,990 and fed more than 12,000 local residents in need. This year’s goal is higher than the last 3 years combined, so we need your help to 15,000 people!
It only takes $30 to feed a family. The meal includes a 10-12 lb. turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, cranberry sauce, a pumpkin pie, fresh rolls and butter. Each family receives an anonymous letter inside the basket 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.”