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BEST VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION

The Big Heart Brigade

Along about Thanksgiving, an army of more than 2,500 volunteers descends on the Palm Beach Gardens fire station to organize the biggest charity dinner in the county. Feeding more than 75,000 people, groups of firefighters, police officers, business people, and just plain folk gather to distribute turkeys with trimmings around the community. Since its founding in 1992, it’s estimated they’ve provided a holiday meal to more than 1.5 million people. They work year-round volunteering for others, as with Wounded Warriors, and Haitian earthquake victims, as well. More info: 561-320-2597 or www.bigheartbrigade.com.

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