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What is the International Basket Brigade?
Bask in the Joy of Giving!
The International Basket Brigade is a 100% volunteer-run program dedicated to feeding those in need. It’s built on a simple notion: one small act of generosity on the part of one caring person can transform the lives of hundreds. What began as Tony’s individual effort to feed families in need has now grown into the Anthony Robbins Foundation’s International Basket Brigade, providing baskets of food and household items for an estimated two million people annually in countries all over the world.
Throughout the year International Basket Brigade volunteers deliver food, clothing, and, best of all, hope – to those who need it most.
How does it work?
1. JOIN OR START A BRIGADE
Generally, there are one or two people who will coordinate a volunteer Basket Brigade in their community. They are responsible for creating and maintaining communication among local Brigadiers.
There are many different brigade styles; from one coordinator and one basket given to someone in need, to a large group effort with fundraising and public relations capabilities delivering several hundred baskets. No matter the scale, the focus is the same: Give from your heart and cherish every moment!
2. LOCATE FAMILIES & CREATE BASKETS
The International Basket Brigade is about the joy of giving. The people best to target are those who may not take advantage of the food distribution programs available to them in their area due to pride or lack of access.
It’s recommended to identify your recipients at least a month prior to your designated Basket Brigade date. Volunteers assigned this task can work with an organization to get specifics on families, such as the number of children, ages, health restrictions, etc. The more questions asked, the better the basket!
When creating baskets make sure to include delicious foods and practical items. Don’t forget to decorate! Baskets should convey that it is a gift, not a handout; a present, not charity.
3. DELIVER BASKETS & CELEBRATE
Enjoyment and gratitude are a large part of Basket Brigade and safety is, too. Be alert in neighborhoods you enter, gentle in your presence, and safe in your journey. Post delivery, volunteers should celebrate the team and share the joy of giving to others.
Make sure you put as much energy and great food into your post-delivery banquet as you did your baskets. Anchor the experience of doing something truly extraordinary with an awesome celebration. You deserve it! It can be as simple as a potluck gathering to create the opportunity for sharing and reflection.
The Foundation would be honored to have you become a part of this truly wonderful event. Join the international movement today by creating a Brigade or joining one in your community. Make sure to share your preparation and journey on Facebook using #BasketBrigade and join our Basket Brigade Facebook Community.
If you have any questions please contact us by calling 858-444-3080 or email Foundation@anthonyrobbinsfoundation.org.
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