VIC – Geelong Basket Brigade 2018-09-07T07:02:27+00:00

VIC – Geelong Basket Brigade

The Geelong Basket Brigade is a small but dedicated force for good, local volunteers who want to make a difference to those in need. We fundraise throughout the year and then in December we (along with lots of awesome volunteers) pack and deliver baskets of food and toys and deliver them anonymously to families in need before Christmas time.

We welcome you to read on and find out more about our fundraising projects, how you can get involved in those, how you can make donations or how to come along to our Packing Day where we pack and deliver the food and toys. We welcome new volunteers with open arms. We thank you for your interest and look forward to hearing from you soon.

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We are presently seeking volunteers to join our committee for the Geelong Basket Brigade. Without a dedicated committee of volunteers the Geelong Basket Brigade will be unable to proceed in 2018 so if you live in the Geelong area and would like to get involved then we would love to speak with you.

Email us at [email protected] and let us know why you would like to join the Geeling Basket Brigade Committee.

2016 was the Launch of Geelong Basket Brigade and we joined forces to help raise food and toys for Melbourne Basket Brigade, who were able to feed 500 families including donating 75 hampers to facilitate the launch of Geelong Basket Brigade, along with a heap of donations of additional food and toys that was donated that did not go into the hampers we were able to divide them up and spread them amongst local charities to help the families in the Geelong and Bellerine Peninsula that are doing it tough at Christmas and need a hand up not a hand out. In 2017 we again joined forces with the Melbourne Basket Brigade to support even more families on the Bellarine Peninsula. In 2018 we need committee members to join us to feed even more people in our beautiful part of the world.

At Christmas time its really nice to know that strangers care especially when you are struggling. All of our hampers are delivered anonymously and the receiving family gets a hamper of food and toys at Christmas with a note saying they are loved and cared about which is all everyone wants to know at Christmas.

How to join?
If you would like to join the committee email us at [email protected] – we would love to hear from you!

We were able to give donations to :
Geelong Food Relief
Cottage By The Sea
Ermha 360
Christ Church Anglican Geelong Soup Kitchen
Simpson Rural Farming Community
Barwon Department of Family and Children
The Royal Children’s Hospital
Geelong Children’s Ward

We would like to thank the below people and businesses who helped us out in 2016 & 2017 and we look forward to their continued support:

StartupCloud
Fancy That Event
Nicheonomy, Stephanie Beitzel
Geelong Cake Decorating Centre
Aromatherapy, Julie Beck
Business in Heels Geelong
Avril Sellars
Andrea Gear, Fruition Finance
Helena Fantela, Harcourts North Geelong
Peter Bruno, Makeover Masters
Kerrie Dewar
Hassle Free I.T., Hayden Leith
UnKluttered Life, Elise Purkiss
Mr Electric, Peter Botha
Geelong Small Business Network, Matthew Coley-Smith
Sally Higoe
Savi Solutions, Marcus Savidis
Mark Rundell and Nikki Galagher
Lorna Martin
Lighbulb Training Solutions
Vanished VPN
Melbourne Water
Small Business Smart Business
The Time Lord
Zebra Fish
Urban Upcycle
June Burrell
Stephanie Morgan
Naomi Summers
Dani Vella
NAB
TD Williamson
Qenos
FixPain Back Clinics
Dogs Country Club and Kennel Resort
Oracle
VW Ware
21st Century Foundation
Xavier College
Grill’d Burgers – Windsor
All the families and individuals who generously donated through the year and on packing day
All the people who placed small change in our money boxes located at cafes and stores across Melbourne
All the people who donated change at the tin shakes through the year
All the volunteers who came to the Corporate and Family Packing Days
To our amazing committee without whom none of this would be possible – LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!
And if we have missed anyone please let us know!

How can you support Geelong Basket Brigade? – Buy an Entertainment book. Buying 3 books feeds a family, so buy 1 for yourself, a friend and a family member.

https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/9401k37

Join our mailing list ” community” below to keep updated with our upcoming events and “Like” our Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/GeelongBasketBrigade/

 

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How It Works

This program is built on the simple notion
that one small act of generosity on the
part of one caring person can transform
the lives of hundreds.

 

Collections
The volunteers collect generous
donations in the form of money,
food, clothes, toys, books, etc.

Awareness
Throughout the year volunteers actively
promote the program and find out who in
our community is in most need of support.

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The Call
Save the Dates are sent out to
notify volunteers a month before
packing day.

Packing Day
Hundreds of volunteers gather in church,
school and community halls to fill baskets
with teachers and teens.

Gifting Day
The baskets are delivered to the
families to bring joy and happiness
to their lives at Christmas.

Your Participation

Help us keep the circle of giving intact by volunteering for Packing Day or
donating food or goods. Sign up to receive more information, or you may
contact the representative from the Basket Brigade nearest you for details.
View our next Basket brigades event near youand join in.

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FAQ

A: The Basket Brigades work with local grass roots community groups and organisations that work with the families in need. By connecting with these groups we are able to help them provide much needed services that they would otherwise struggle to provide. We are also able to identify the people most worthy of the donations.
A: We deliver baskets to wherever they are needed.
A: We are a not for profit organisation that is run totally by volunteers who care about making a difference in the lives of others. The only administrative fees we have are some basic postage costs and our insurances. So approximately 98-99% of the funds raised are used on the projects, programs and people in the community. Where possible all our brochures and marketing materials are donated by generous businesses who are keen supporters of the Basket Brigade. If you have a business and would like to support us give us a call or drop us an email – we would love to hear from you.
A: The Basket Brigades listed on this website are a program of the Magic Moments Foundation of Australia which is a registered non-profit charity. Any donation over $2 will receive a tax deductible receipt which you can then use to claim as a tax deduction.
A: The baskets consist of staple foods, festive foods and items as well as toys for the children of the families. Pasta, rice, tinned and fresh foods accompany Christmas cakes, tinned ham, custard and jelly. The idea is to provide yummy things to make a festive Christmas Day and staple items for the days before and after. We also often provide hampers with slight variations for families who may have dietary or religious restrictions around particular foods if we are made aware of this.
A: The baskets are given anonymously – in the true spirit of Christmas these baskets are a gift to show that there are people who love and care for them even if they never find out who these people are. A small note is included in the parcel that lets them know that this is a gift from someone that cares and encourages them to do the same when the day comes that they are able to.

We change people’s
lives one basket at a time.

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