Enough food to fill three tractor-trailers was boxed up Tuesday morning inside the North Charleston Convention Center and sent to the needy to provide some Thanksgiving cheer.
Hundreds of volunteers such as Kara Skahill of Mount Pleasant delivered 3,500 meals of turkey, green beans, cranberry sauce, corn, pumpkin pie, rolls and mashed potatoes.
"It's nice to see this many people coming out and wanting to help," she said. "I thought it would be something good to involve the kids with."
Edward Reiss said that he delivered Basket Brigade Thanksgiving food to a Dorchester County neighborhood of $100,000 homes between Ridgeville and Summerville. He questioned whether the recipients truly needed the donation.
"This can't be right. You can't live in these kinds of homes and be destitute," he said.
Basket Brigade spokeswoman Emily Trogdon said that in some instances, food was taken to the home of a volunteer because the recipient was at work or elsewhere and not able to accept the donation in person at the time it would have arrived. In other situations a person may be struggling with financial problems despite the outward appearance of the home, she said.
"We triple check that they need it. So many of these people are very impoverished," she said.
Basket Brigade distributed more than 100,000 pounds of food that it purchased at a discounted rate for $105,000 from Piggly Wiggly. The grocer donated $15,000 to the cause. Carolina One Real Estate also donated boxes and tape, she said.
Others were busy with Thanksgiving charity, too. People dropped off turkeys and cash at the One80 Place homeless shelter in Charleston. More than 100 of the frozen birds and more than $15,000 were donated at the drive-thru event dubbed "Turkey and a Twenty." Donors were eligible to win a one-night stay at a downtown hotel.
Congressman Mark Sanford, R-Charleston, was among those who donated.
"It's just a cool charity. Our youngest son volunteered here. You get interested in what your boys are interested in," he said.
Hundreds of frozen turkeys were given to those in need at Nichols Chapel AME Church. State Rep. Wendell Gilliard, D-Charleston, the church, the city of Charleston and North Charleston Councilman Michael Brown teamed up for the event. Also, veterans were provided a meal at the church.
East Cooper Meals on Wheels partnered with The Harbour Club of Charleston and Christ Church Mount Pleasant to provide hundreds of Thanksgiving holiday meals. The Harbour Club raised more than $1,000 and provided food that members of Christ Church will prepare. More than 50 community volunteers will participate in packing and delivering four meals, including the traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner.