Giving to Others at the Meadowlands Basket Brigade

Sunday, November 22, 2015

‘Real Joy Comes from Doing Something Worthwhile…” — Wilfred Thomason Grenfell

This weekend, Bergen’s Promise team members volunteered at the Meadowlands Basket Brigade which helped put a Thanksgiving feast on the table of hundreds of families in Bergen County. On Sunday morning, the Bergen’s Promise team comprised of staff and their family members, worked alongside over 100 other volunteers in the warehouse of Friendship House, Hackensack to assemble Thanksgiving food trays.

The group was energized by D.J. music while assembling the care packages consisting of a 10 lb. turkey, stuffing, potatoes, gravy, corn, green beans, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, a pumpkin pie, and Hershey kisses. As the last trays were wrapped, the team members got to do ‘The Cha-Cha Slide’ among other dances to round out the morning. Some of the teams also volunteered to deliver baskets to families throughout the county.

Some of the feedback from our team:
“This was such a fun and rewarding experience to spend time with my daughter doing something so meaningful for others. It was also great to meet the family members of some of my colleagues. ”
“Me and my five year old son had a great time! We really enjoyed helping out the community. We would love to participate again next year”
“I know this helps many families who are unable to provide a traditional thanksgiving meal for their family.”

The amount of support was so overwhelming for this event that organizers had to turn away volunteers. The event is always held the weekend before Thanksgiving so consider becoming a part of the Basket Brigade in the future!