About the Brigade


Welcome to the 15th Annual Gabel Basket Brigade – Sunday, November 22, 2015!

This holiday, we’ll again be creating and donating Thanksgiving baskets filled with all the fixins’ for a traditional turkey dinner to less fortunate families in the central Connecticut area. We’d love your help. You can either build your own basket(s) with us or contribute to the cause and we’ll create a basket on your behalf. Each donated basket feeds a family of 4-6 people.

In the last 2 years alone, the Brigade has built and delivered over 1,300 baskets to families, seniors and veterans in need. Unfortunately, that need still persists this Thanksgiving. We have two primary goals:

1. For 2015 – to build and donate ~750 baskets. We’ll be working with all of our long-standing charity partners, as well as some new organizations we’re excited to welcome to the team.

2. We’re looking to expand our reach by helping develop Basket Brigade Chapters. For those that live outside of central Connecticut, we’d love your donation and support for our local brigade, but we encourage you to start your own brigade in your community. Contact us, and we’ll give you all the assistance you need (including space on this website) to begin your own Brigade!

How the Brigade Started
We (Donna and Cory) began the brigade 15 years ago in Ventura, California. We had both attended an Anthony Robbins conference, and we’re intrigued by his International Basket Brigade. After inquiring about which local brigade chapter we could volunteer for, we were instead told “there isn’t a brigade in Ventura – you should start one!”

So, we took the plunge. That year, we and a few friends met at our home the Sunday before Thanksgiving, went to the a local grocery store and bought food. Lots of food! We assembled baskets to make a Thanksgiving meal – turkey, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, bread, dessert – eventually delivering 15 baskets to the local Boys and Girls Club.

The next year, we had moved to Connecticut, and continued the Brigade in Burlington. We’ve come a long way since then, with massive help from friends, families and businesses throughout the community. We hope you’ll join us!

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