The Charleston Basket Brigade: Bringing Thanksgiving to the needy

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Thanksgiving will be a little brighter this year for some Lowcountry families.

And it's all because of the Charleston Basket Brigade.

The group has been working for five years to bring Turkey Day meals to families who might otherwise go without.

Organizers say it's great to see so many people helping out.

"It was amazing," said Basket Brigade co-founder Michelle Scarafile. "We had a huge effort with hundreds of volunteers, and today we'll feed 3,350 families - over 20,000 people."

Volunteers Tuesday spent the day packing the meals at the Charleston Convention Center.

"I'm excited to go see the people who are getting the boxes and see how happy they are," said Elysse Pardus, a fifth-year volunteer.

Piggly Wiggly donated $25,000 and six trailers of food for the effort.

"Being a grocery company, these big holidays - Thanksgiving, Christmas, the Fourth of July - that's when families and friends come together over food, so it's one of the happiest times of the year for us," said Christopher Ibsen with Piggly Wiggly.

For more information on the Basket Brigade, click here.

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