Mission Statement

The mission of Big Heart Brigade is Coming to the Rescue in support of returning wounded U.S. Military, feeding the less fortunate at Thanksgiving and assisting incapacitated First Responders within our community, through partnerships with voluntary service-minded, and big-heart individuals, families, companies and faith-based organizations.

Our Story

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.”

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 1.5 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.

At Thanksgiving, the Big Heart Brigade, along with thousands of volunteers, will feed over 50,000 people. With a goal to love on the less fortunate in our region, our dedicated team is working harder than ever to achieve an extraordinary feat.