What is Basket Brigade?
Basket Brigade is a group of volunteers donating and delivering tailor made gift baskets of food for a Thanksgiving or Christmas feast to families in need. What began more than 30 years ago by Tony Robbins as an individual effort to feed families in need, has now grown into the Anthony Robbins Foundation's International Basket Brigade, providing baskets of food and household items for an estimated 2 million people annually in countries all over the world.
"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something and I will not refuse to do the something I can do." ~ Helen Keller
The International Basket Brigade is built on a simple notion: one small act of generosity on the part of one caring person can transform the lives of hundreds. It takes only one light to dispel the darkness, and even just one basket or a few, to bring hope! Therefore...
We ask you to please join us in Pinellas County's first annual Basket Brigade which we are coordinating. Our goal is to feed 100 families this year and we need your help to accomplish this goal.
“Think of giving not as a duty, but as a privilege.” ~ John D. Rockefeller
- Donate one or more completed baskets or donate supplies for baskets
- Donate Money to buy baskets and supplies ($35 fills one basket)
- Volunteer Your Time to put baskets together and deliver to families
- Be a Recipient Ranger - Rangers identify prospective recipients or geographic areas where baskets will be delivered.
- Volunteers who have a knack for P.R. can assist by preparing a press release(s) to the community and deliver it to the media. Depending on the scale of your Basket Brigade, you may wish to contact local papers and invite reporters to personally cover your event.
Who Can Help?
Anyone and everyone!! The Basket Brigade is about giving. Give in whatever way you can, as much as you can. This is a great opportunity for children to be involved in to truly learn about the spirit of GIVING this holiday season. Click here for your Volunteer Pledge Form.
Suggestions for Baskets:
Please Shop For a Family of 5!
- Laundry Basket (a must - try Big Lots or the Dollar Store)
- Aluminum Baking/Roasting Pan (a must)
- A Turkey Voucher (SweetBay has these , Publix does not) or a $10 gift card to buy a turkey
- Canned Cranberry Sauce
- Canned Vegetables
- Canned Fruit
- Boxed Stuffing
- Canned Gravy
- Boxed Mash Potatoes
- Canned Soups
- Cookies, Cakes or Pies
- Juice Packets, Cider or Kool-Aid
- Paper Products, Laundry Products, Soaps & Lotions
Make your baskets truly wonderful. Decorate them beautifully with ribbons, bows and more. Use your creativity and imagination. Fill them with a combination of delicious goodies and practical items. Your basket should convey that it is a gift, not a handout; a present, not charity! Please do not pack any used ietms. Click here for pdf file of supplies list.
An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching. ~ Mohandas Gandhi
It will take about $35 to a basket. Each basket will have a message in it 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 someday."
Again, be sure to decorate your baskets and make them look special! Remember, this is a gift, and a present, not charity. Get the kids involved! Make this FUN!! Remember to keep your spirit of giving in check!
To get further inspired and educated on what the Basket Brigade is all about, I invite you to watch these short youtube videos...Click Here To Watch Basket Brigade Videos
Be the change that you want to see in the world. ~ Mohandas Gandhi
We look forward to working together to make a difference this year by delivering hope and love into the hearts of those who need it most. We hope you can join us to make this Holiday Season, one of the best ever...
With Blessings & Love,
Kytka "Kit", Zachary, Zanna and Zynnia Jezek
"Everyone has the need to contribute. It is one of the six human needs. If you give from your heart, it will come back to you tenfold."~ Anthony Robbins ~
Contribution is one of the six human needs. This is our basic philosophy. The Anthony Robbins Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and extends an invitation for all to contribute.
Please click the basket below to make a financial contribution for a completely filled basket purchase!
If the above links do not work (the freewebs site may not allow it) then you may donate by visiting http://www.paypal.com/ and making your donation in $35 increments to the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Each $35 will be used to fill a basket.
If we have the opportunity to be generous with our hearts, ourselves, we have no idea the depth and breadth of our loves reach. ~ Margaret Cho
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