3,000 families helped by Basket Brigade at Thanksgiving

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- More than 3,000 families were assisted by the Basket Brigade last week leading into the Thanksgiving holiday.

      Hundreds of volunteers filled the Charleston Area Convention Center to put together and deliver meals the tri-county families. Bi-Lo provided thebrigade with a discount on food to keep the cost of the meals low and deliveredtrucks of frozen turkeys, canned goods, and perishable items to the centralstaging area.

      The families were located through the Communities in Schools project.

      "It is such an honorto give back to the Charleston Basket Brigade because you know that you arehelping people that are truly in need in our very own community," addedMarshall Simon, Proprietor of Gwynn's of Mount Pleasant, who also assembled andstacked boxes.

      The box includeseverything to cook a Thanksgiving meal: a 10-12 lb. turkey, gravy, cranberrysauce, stuffing, potatoes, corn, green beans, sweet potatoes with marshmallows,a pumpkin pie, fresh rolls and butter.

      "From a football team, an elementary school class and The Center forWomen to The Trident United Way Women's Leadership Council, Boeing and more, wehad volunteers from every walk of life this year," said co-founder Pam Hartley. "It was glorious and proves that when acommunity comes together, magic really does happen.{}

      Surplus groceries, including 20 frozen turkeys, were donated to the Lowcountry Food Bank.

      Since 2008, the Charleston Basket Brigade has raised $338,000 and fedan estimated 67,000 Charleston Tri-County residents on Thanksgiving.