For me the true meaning of Christmas is doing things for others less fortunate. In fact, the true meaning of life for me is what we can do for others, from random acts of kindness to volunteering to civic engagement, activism to changing the constitution to working in policy and legislation. That’s me and that’s what drives me and the contribution I try to make to people’s lives, if and when I can.
Next Sunday, the 16th of December, I am again co-ordinating the Dublin Basket Brigade event. It is the 11th year of the Basket Brigade and I am delighted to be co-ordinating it again after a two year hiatus (where instead I organised a ‘secret santa for homeless children’ drive and got 40 presents for 40 children in 2016 and 80 in 2017). I volunteered at the first Basket Brigade in 2007 and loved the idea so much that when the original co-ordinator left the country I decided to keep it going with the support of my family.
The Basket Brigade has it origins in the Tony Robbin’s worldwide event but we are just a group of volunteers who come together one of the Sundays before Christmas to make up and deliver Christmas food hampers to families and people around Dublin who could do with a little extra help. Since 2007, we have made up at least 1,350 hampers and delivered ALOT of surplus food to other charitable organisations (e.g the Capuchin Day Centre, Apollo House, the YMCA, etc.) and this year we aim to do 100 hampers – 50 for older people who link in with Alone and 50 split across a number of charities supporting families around Dublin (such as One Family, Spark, Hail Housing, etc.).
We have already hit our fundraising target of €2,500 to allow us to buy the meat and hamper ‘staples’ but we will still need help on the morning to make up the hampers and then deliver them around Dublin. More information is included in the following facebook event link and please feel free to contact me with any questions that you have also.
Thank you & Happy Christmas!