Jonathan Geissler November 2, 2017 No Comments

i-am-jean-elie-basket-brigadeAs we enter the holiday season, our minds preoccupied with candy and turkey, parades and parties, shopping and cleaning, gifts and decorations, it is easy to lose perspective and get caught up in the madness. We forget that the holidays are a time to be thankful for what we have and give back to those less fortunate.

Three years ago, the first ever Jean Elie Hudson Valley Basket Brigade was launched in hopes of aiding struggling families in the community. Baskets of food and a frozen turkey were sent to over 30 families in the Hudson Valley. Since then, they’ve more than doubled that amount. This year, they’ve teamed up with Hoops Express, Inc. a 501(c)(3) community-based organization that provides an array of supportive services to at-risk, school-aged youths in the Newburgh, NY area. Through their almost 20 years of dedication to the community, they have identified families in the community in critical need of assistance.

From single mothers taking care of disabled children, to those with a serious illness buried under mountains of medical bills, and even families whose homes were burned down, the pain and struggle is palpable. In the spirit of Jean Elie, who gave the very little food he had, and in association with HEART in Haiti, we all can help too:

  1. Give Food. Seely & Durland will once again serve as a primary drop-off point for non-perishable food items. Stop by our office on 13 Oakland Avenue in Warwick, or view other drop-off locations here.
  2. Collect Food. Distribute a flyer at your office or workplace, e-mail it to your friends and family asking them to do the same, or hang them up in public locations to help those struggling in your community.
  3. Donate Money. Not enough time to go shopping or drop off food? Give a donation to help with the cost of store-bought food. 100% of your donations go directly to the baskets of food. Donate here.
  4. Come to an Event. Register for the Basket Brigade Event on Saturday, November 18th. Bring your assembled baskets or simply help with surprise deliveries to very grateful families in need!
  5. Share This. Share this page on your social media pages and encourage families, individuals, and businesses to help their community.

For more information, contact us at 845-986-1177 or visit the Hudson Valley Basket Brigade website.