For the past three years I have been involved with something called the Thanksgiving Basket Brigade. I heard about it from one of the organizers, Orange resident Glen Ketchian, who is currently a member of the Orange Board of Finance and found my part in it to be so rewarding that I cannot help but encourage others to join in and volunteer.
Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops, High School Students looking for community service credits and anyone else who would just like to feel great by helping others for a day should consider coming out on November 23 at 9 a.m.
This year, as in the past few, our New Haven Region Basket Brigade will take place at Champs Direct Printing & Mailing, 75 Cascade Boulevard, Milford, CT 06460 — just over the Orange Town Line off Marsh Hill Road. For information and to volunteer, please e-mail John Sottery: firstname.lastname@example.org
Folks with SUVs, pick-up trucks or other large vehicles and a dependable GPS are always needed to hand-deliver the baskets to the families — Believe me THIS is the heartwarming part.
Here is a letter from organizer Victor Frazao:
Every year since 1993, on the weekend before Thanksgiving, volunteers have gathered to put together and deliver baskets with a complete Thanksgiving dinner to families in need in the greater New Haven and Bridgeport areas.
Since 1994 we have hand delivered over 120 Tons of food and fed more than 20,000 people!
Help us make a difference and join us on Saturday, November 23rd for a special day of giving, fun & friendship. As usual, we will assemble and deliver, complete Thanksgiving dinners to the homes of families in need.
This is an event for all ages. Come with family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. Invite them to come out and be part of our magical Thanksgiving Basket Brigade assembly line.
Our biggest challenge is raising the money to feed these families, so this year we are asking every volunteer to bring a small cash donation.
A $30 donation feeds an entire family. A $300 donation will feed 10 families! Any amount is truly appreciated.
Our Typical Thanksgiving baskets include:
- Cranberry Sauce
- Lots of Vegetables
- Apple or Pumpkin Pie
- Personal Care Products (donated by leading companies)
- Other goodies!
More information to follow…
Originally Published on: Oct 31, 2013 @ 17:28