In 1992, a diverse group of local businessmen, neighbors, firefighters, police officers, and other civil servants came together and formed the Big Heart Brigade (BHB). BHB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that abides by the motto, “Coming to the Rescue.” The Brigade’s mission is to enrich the lives of those in need by providing a holiday meal or some much needed support to members of our community.
Since its inception, numerous people who enjoy a “hands-on” approach to civic service and are dedicated to making a difference in their community have joined the Brigade’s efforts to help bring relief. Today, BHB’s most visible endeavor is the annual Thanksgiving Feast. Each year the Feast brings together thousands of volunteers from throughout South Florida who work to prepare and distribute individually packaged Thanksgiving meals. In November 2013, the Brigade provided over 102,000 meals to those in need and since its founding, BHB has fed over 1.4 million people.
In addition to the Thanksgiving Feast, BHB remains active in its community year-round. Throughout its history the Brigade has conducted holiday toy drives, donated over 750,000 pounds of food and supplies to victims of the earthquake in Haiti, and become actively involved in the Wounded Warriors Project.
In recent years, BHB has teamed with the Wounded Warriors Project to provide food and volunteer support to the Project’s Caregiver Retreat Program. These retreats provide our wounded warriors and their caregivers an opportunity to get some much-needed physical and mental rest and rejuvenation while connecting with others on a parallel journey.
From veterans and their families to individuals who have come upon hard times, Big Heart Brigade is dedicated to building a supportive community with the warmth of giving and the hope for a better tomorrow.