Michelle Scarafile and Pam Hartley began The Charleston Basket Brigade in 2008 with a commitment to bring the community together to provide Thanksgiving meals for families in need in Charleston, SC. “When we found out that there were children going to bed hungry right here in Charleston, we knew we had to do something about it,” said Pam.
In 2011, The CBB raised $75,000 which fed 2,500 families – over 15,000 people. The following year they fed over 3,000 families and in 2013 they topped that number by reaching out and raising enough money to feed 3,306 families – almost 20,000 people! 2014 was another success feeding 3323 families – and all delivered in the rain, no less… Michelle adds, “I’m sure our 2015 goal will be no different… We plan on ordering enough food to feed 3,500 families (an estimated 21,000 people) for Thanksgiving. To do that, we need to raise $105,000”
Communities In Schools; a non-profit organization that served over 13,290 students in 28 Charleston Tri-County schools in the 2014-15 school year, is an integral part of our effort. They help The Charleston Basket Brigade to locate the families that will receive meal donations based on need and they are also invaluable when it comes to mapping directions for delivery.