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Gig Harbor Basket Brigade


Founded in 1993, the Gig Harbor Basket Brigade (GHBB) became a program of the Foundation in 2013. In its first year, the Brigade provided full Thanksgiving meals for eight unsuspecting families in need. Every year since, the Basket Brigade has grown to serve an increasing number of area families.

Today, the GHBB averages about 1,300 packaged and delivered Thanksgiving baskets annually for local families in need, and area military families. Each year, the Basket Brigade engages hundreds of volunteers. In 2020 and 2021, while in the midst of a pandemic, we were able to deliver about 750 gift cards to local families enabling them to purchase Thanksgiving meal essentials. Outside of the pandemic, over 450 people volunteer annually during the two-day operation to put baskets together and deliver them.

Participation: free

Reward: priceless


NOVEMBER 22, 2022: 4 PM
NOVEMBER 23, 2022: 11 AM


9672 Bujacich Road, Suite D
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

How to Participate

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There are all sorts of ways you can participate in the Gig Harbor Basket Brigade:

  • Help procure food (need some trucks)

  • Sort and stage food for baskets

  • Assemble baskets

  • Deliver baskets

  • Find contacts at local companies that can help donate food or supplies. Click for Food list and Request Letter.

All baskets carry the following message:

"This basket comes to you from someone who cares about you. All we ask is that you take care of yourself well enough to do this for someone else someday."


  • 650 Turkeys (Albertsons Corporate, Auburn Distribution Center - Donated)

  • 25 Turkeys (misc. community donations)

  • 500 cans Corn (Albertsons)

  • 800 cans Cranberry Sauce (Albertsons)

  • 700 boxes Stuffing (Verna Danielson, community donations and Albertsons)

  • 800 jars Gravy Mix (Albertsons - Donated)

  • 800 cans Evaporated Milk (Albertsons)

  • 400 cases Top Ramen (Albertsons)

  • 800 boxes Mac & Cheese (Peninsula Life Church)

  • 20 bags Cat Food

  • 50 bags Dog Food

  • 650 cans Green Beans (Stepping Stones, Port Orchard)

  • 300 cans Canned Corn (LDS Manchester/Orchard Heights Ward)

  • 250 cans Pumpkin (Coldwell Banker Danforth)

  • 600 cans Pumpkin (The Lodge at Mallards Landing)

  • 800 cans Cream of Mushroom Soup (GGHF Curious by Nature School)

  • 1,000 bags (American Retail Supply)

  • 1,200 boxes (The Box Maker)

  • 1,500 boxes Mashed Potatoes (Sysco Corporation and Gustanski Family)

  • 150 cans Canned Green Beans (Richards Family)

  • 800 Turkey Roasting Pans (Chris Thompson, Family First Adult Family Homes)

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