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2014

In 2014, the First Annual Basket Brigade occurred, we fed 60 families that year.

2015

2015, we grew significantly!  We fed 240 families.

2016

2016, we grew even more!  We fed over 500 families!

HELP US DELIVER THANKSGIVING DINNERS TO FAMILIES

We will locate 600 families in the DFW area who cannot afford to celebrate due to difficult circumstances. Volunteers will help create the baskets and hand deliver to these wonderful families.

MISSION

Our mission is to provide a Thanksgiving basket to struggling families within the DFW Area to bring a sense of hope, knowing that someone within their community cares about them. We’ve created this 501c3 charity with the purpose of bringing together people who recognize the beauty of viewing the world as we do – and who share a desire to help others – knowing that the gift is in the giving.

VISION

The Basket Brigade started in Dallas out of a huge need in the community as well as Contessa’s personal childhood experience waking up with nothing to celebrate or any items to celebrate with.  This was a painful experience on its own, add to that going back to school and getting to hear all the other kids talk about all they had and did.  This is the primary reason we focus on families with kids.  It makes a significant difference not only for the family, for the kids.

Our vision is to grow our community of volunteers so the gift of giving can grow, and support thousands of struggling families each year at Thanksgiving with the vision that someday these family members can pay it forward.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Contessa, Shannan, Cindy and the gang

Meet The Team

Contessa Akin

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Founder

Founder

I started the Dallas Basket Brigade out of my own experience and the incredible need that is present in Dallas and its surrounding areas.

Shannan Davidson

shannan

Secretary

Secretary

Shannan is a fun, highly influential person who loves making things happen!

Cindy Hyde

cindy

Treasurer

Treasurer

Cindy brings years of business experience, she is fun and will be a great asset to the Dallas Basket Brigade Family