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Charleston Basket Brigade on a mission to bring Thanksgiving to needy families

(Dan Michener/WCIV)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Thanksgiving will be a little brighter this year for some Lowcountry families thanks the Charleston Basket Brigade.

Their goal is to feed 3,500 families, an estimated 21,000 people, for Thanksgiving.

To do that, they need to raise $105,000.

On Tuesday morning, volunteers gathered at the North Charleston Convention Center to stuff boxes with food.

Each family receives a box of ingredients to cook an entire Thanksgiving meal including a 10-12 lb. turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, rolls/cornbread, and a pumpkin pie.

The group has been working since 2008 to bring turkey day meals to families who might otherwise go without.

"We are blown away by the community's support each and every year," said co-founder Pam Hartley. "Local business, organizations, churches, schools, and people as young as preschoolers to the elderly, all come together to feed our neighbors that are in need. The Charleston Basket Brigade is on a mission to not only provide these families with food, but with a joyous holiday experience that they would otherwise not have."

More volunteers are still needed to fill boxes with food and make deliveries.

A full list of volunteer opportunities are available at www.CharlestonBasketBrigade.org.

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