Brisbane Basket Brigade needs your help to help others
The Brisbane Basket Brigade is a charity that collects food and gifts for families and homeless people in need around Brisbane and distributes them at Christmas. They need your help, especially when it comes to collecting the many grocery items. They are asking people to join Brisbane Basket Buddies program and add one item to their shopping list each week so that they have a basket full by Christmas.
The Brisbane Basket Brigade started in 1995 as part of a national charity program that is run through the Magic Moments Foundation. Their goal is simple - put together and deliver packages to families in need and homeless people at Christmas.
Some of the boxes ready to go out to families in need
They didn't start too well but have managed to achieve their goals every year through the amazing generosity of Brisbane people and companies who have supported this worthwhile charity. Last year they delivered 900 packages across Brisbane to families and homeless people, which meant they helped around 3000 people. Obviously, this effort requires a lot of support.
While most people will focus on the gift items, it is food that can make a difference. Most of these items are not particularly fancy, but cans of vegetables, packets of cereal, tinned meats, chips, biscuits and soft drinks. These are items which we take for granted, but which can make a Christmas for a family in need as much as Christmas puddings, cakes and presents (which they also provide).
Even simple food items can make a difference to a family in need
Obviously putting all this together requires a lot of help and support. The Basket Buddies Program asks people to sign up to add a single extra item to their grocery list every week so that by Christmas they will have put together a shopping bag full of groceries.
This comes to less than $4 a week and it is a great way for families to talk about the fact that there are other families out there in need, by every week including a new item to a storage box.
Other ways that you can help
There are other ways that you can help with the Brisbane Basket Brigade's work. They have a fundraising movie night on August 10 with a screening of Mission: Impossible - Fallout and you can donate directly to the charity. $60 means a basket of happiness will be delivered to a family at Christmas.
In the past, I have encouraged people to sign up and volunteer with the charity. I think that until they become better organised with this process and properly organise the volunteer activities, I would suggest the best option is to help in other ways, especially donations of food, gifts or money. I speak from experience, having volunteered in the last few years and it is becoming less friendly and welcoming with the same easily fixed problems reoccurring in the running of volunteer events each year and new problems creeping in as they try to fix this.
A pile of presents collected by the Brisbane Basket Brigade
Alternatively, you can donate money or give food directly to a local food bank, during one of their food drives, which will help people now and will also help people at Christmas, with a lot of the food collected by food banks being given to charities such as the Brisbane Basket Buddies for distribution.