Proud To be Celebrating 20 Years of Giving in 2019!
The shelters that many of us were already supporting said it was fairly easy to find groups willing to buy or sponsor Christmas gifts for children, but their mothers seemed to have been forgotten. We feel by supporting the mothers, they will, in turn, find the strength to create new lives for themselves and their children and not return to their abuser, and will feel stronger for their children. That is why our group “The Basketeers” was created. We are a generous group of around 3500 volunteers with large hearts. We are not a registered charity, every basket donated is a gift of encouragement and support for a woman as she transitions back into the community.
Look how we’ve grown! In 2000, we donated 14 baskets to one shelter and in 2018 we supported 55 women’s shelters in Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Cobb County, GA with a total of 1,770 beautifully wrapped baskets. In 19 years, $3.8 Million dollars of in-kind donations were generously donated and 18,786 women have received a new beginning basket from the Basketeers!
In nineteen years we have grown from the original group of Basketeers covering the Greater Toronto Area and we now have 17 additional chapters located in Stratford, Ottawa, York, Durham, Hamilton, Niagara-West, Brantford, Guelph-Wellington, Collingwood, Kitchener, Kingston, Windsor, Thunder Bay, Prince Edward County, St John’s, Newfoundland, Montreal, QC and Cobb County, Georgia. Each chapter has its own drop-off location. This year that day will be on or about Saturday, November 23, 2019. Please check the chapter page for your area for specifics, including drop-off dates and locations.
To "Give a Basket", simply register on the website www.basketeers.org. Once registered, we then have the ability to allocate baskets and coordinate transportation with the shelters.
You can also download our brochure (PDF) for an overview of the Basketeers that you can keep and share offline.
To honour this 20-year milestone, we are celebrating with a Luncheon and Fundraiser on Sunday, September 29th at the Renaissance by The Creek (3045 Southcreek Road, Mississauga, ON L4X 2X). For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.basketeers.org/2019_Luncheon.
We look forward to seeing you at the Luncheon & Fundraiser in September or meeting you in November when you drop off your basket.