Basket Brigade. Her local BB was not obviously associated with Tony "Motivator" Robbins: she was recruited by the local chapter of the Repeal the Eighth campaign. Having Saved the Gays and Saved the Autonomous Uterus, the rads of Dublin NorthWest set their sights on saving the dispossessed. In particular those who would otherwise be feeding on a bag chips in a hotel room over Christmas. By actively canvassing in November, they raised €3,000 to fill 100 Christmas boxes for those who had buggerall to celebrate this winter. They also leaned on the manager of the local Supervalu store to donate 100x of suitable festive fare. On Sat 15th Dec, a couple of dozen volunteers filled those 100 boxes with a chicken and ham and a bunch of other stuff to eat. You might think that an uncooked chicken is as useful in a bedsit as a dead rat, but it seems that almost every homeless family has someone who'll have them home for Christmas.
[aside: as the 1967 foot-and-mouth epidemic in Britain continued onto December, Brits were exhorted to Have an Irishman for Christmas dinner because the lads were being discouraged from going home. The waggish riposte was "No thanks, I'd rather have a turkey like last year"]
As well as the ham and chicken, the BB basket had fresh vegetables, tinned fruit, trifle, custard, a box of fancy biscuits, some paper towels, tea, instant coffee, and some candies for the very young and very old. Normal food for normal people with perhaps an edge of healthiness: Carrots and sprouts can seem like a rare treat if you've eaten nothing but take-out for months.
Basket's Galore BG hamper from one of our Rellies Abroad. These things are not designed for the dispossessed but rather for "What do you give to the man who has everything?". I guess the cognitive dissonance clanged loudest when I found that BG hampers <not ours!> often include Heart of Lincolnshire cheddar cheese. I hate madey-uppy designer cheeses: cheddar is a supreme treat; cheddar-with-cranberries is an unnecessary travesty; cheddar pressed into a ❤ shape and covered with wax the colour of strawberry blancmange is an insult to the senses. I had a look at the BG website and was taken by their Gourmet Xmas Basket because it was 40% off. There is very little which is honest food in the table of contents:
|Grace's All Butter Oatmeal Biscuits 135g|
|Ducs de Gascogne Authentic French Pate 90g|
|Lily O'Brien's Creamy Caramels Sea Salt 120g|
|Ditty's Bakery Savoury Oatcakes 150g|
|Louisiana Hickory Smoke Almonds 40g|
|Nim's 100% Fruit Crisps 20g|
|Crossogue Country Fruit Chutney 225g|
|Bandon Vale Vintage Cheddar Cheese 200g|
|Heart of Lincolnshire Mature Cheddar 200g|
|Glandor Red Leicester Cheese Truckle 200g|
|Wyndham Estate’s Bin 555 Shiraz 750g|