Gift Basket Drive

Where: Building 7, rooms A and B.

How it works: Units create themed baskets through unit member item donations. A raffle is held for Excelsior staff to bid on the baskets. Funds raised will benefit the local community from charity sponsor requests. Previous Gift Basket raffles have raised $2,000-$3,000 a year for local charities.

Competition: This year we are adding a little friendly competition to the basket drive. The unit that has the most popular basket based on the number of tickets put in for bids will get to help spend some of the money earned through the basket drive by choosing an organization that matters to them for a directed donation! The winning unit will be provided a list of organizations within our service buckets and choose the one they would like to donate to. Not only will you help us bring in funds that benefit the community, but you will help us choose the impact!  The five buckets are:

  1. Health and Wellness
  2. Lifelong Education
  3. Diversity and Inclusion
  4. Veterans/Military
  5. Social and Economic Justice

Units should decide on a theme and communicate it to the Community Engagement Group via the survey link below. In order to prevent multiple baskets with the same theme, please complete the following survey by end of business Friday, June 21, 2024:

Below is a list of baskets ideas from previous years:

  • Make-up/Hair Care
  • Green Thumb Garden Basket
  • Tee Time – golf
  • BBQ/Grilling
  • Hot Stuff – hot sauces, wasabi peas, beef jerky, anything with a spicy kick
  • Excelsior Store Basket – Excelsior themed items: sweatshirt, mug, etc.
  • Gluten-Free Basket
  • Family Game Night – Board games and snacks for the family
  • Pizza Party Basket – items for making pizza at home
  • “Here’s the Scoop” Ice Cream Social
  • Pancake Breakfast – mix, toppings, real maple syrup, etc.
  • Men’s Care Items
  • Martini Madness
  • “Cinco De Mayo” – Mexican
  • “Local Flavor” – local restaurant gift cards
  • “On the Go!!” – Fast food gift cards
  • Bowl of Greens – Cash money
  • Backyard Birds – Bird house, garden stakes, bird seed, etc.

As in years past, we will sell tickets on the days of the event and will draw the winners on the second day. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to

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