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, while in the midst of a pandemic, we were able to deliver about 500 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.
COVID will not defeat this community tradition and we are working to ensure we are still able to provide Thanksgiving meals to local families.
In lieu of baskets and goods this year, we will be providing families with $30 gift cards to a local grocery store so recipients can go and pick out their Thanksgiving meal (alcohol and tobacco will be restricted by gift cards). Limited delivery options will be available for those who have limited transportation.
All gift cards will be delivered to recipients’ homes between Friday (11/19) and Sunday (11/21). For those that are unable to shop for themselves, we have some wonderful volunteers that have offered to shop and deliver. Just let us know!
N/A FOR 2021
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
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."