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Charleston Basket Brigade working to bring Thanksgiving to those in need

For the ninth year in a row, volunteers with Charleston Basket Brigade are filling empty boxes with food. (WCIV)

Helping the hungry during the holiday -- a local charity was gearing up Monday for its annual effort to bring food to thousands of families in need.

For the ninth year in a row, volunteers with Charleston Basket Brigade are filling empty boxes with food. Those boxes will then be given to those who can’t afford to eat a Thanksgiving meal.

Adult volunteers do the heavy lifting while student volunteers from area high schools set up thousands of boxes that’ll carry the cargo of a full Thanksgiving feast.

"The need is so great in this community,” said Pam Hartley, co-founder of Charleston Basket Brigade. “Most people don't realize in this beautiful place we live that there are people that are hungry. There are students that go to school after the weekends hungry on Mondays."

As co-founder of Charleston Basket Brigade Hartley leads the effort to make sure 3,500 families have supplies for their Thursday meal.

"Our partner, Communities in Schools, has counselors in dozens of schools throughout the Charleston County area. They work directly with these families that are in need," Harley said.

Among those providing a helping hand Monday were Elysse and Kaila Pardus. It’s their second year of sorting through pallets of canned veggies. The sisters said they understand the need for lending a hand at Thanksgiving.

"It's really important to me because I know there's these people in the Lowcountry who aren't as fortunate as most of us here who can actually afford a meal," Elysse Pardus said.

Canned goods and other side dishes will be packed in boxes Tuesday, along with the turkeys. Those dinners will then be delivered to hungry families in the tri-county area.

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