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Naples Basket Brigade Behind on Goals

People dug deep donating to food-based charities during Hurricane Irma. As a result, charities like Naples Basket Brigade are now struggling early in the year to meet their goals.

“We’re really not a food drive company. We’re a company that’s inspiring young kids,” said Wade Mastro, the chairman and president.

The goal for Naples Basket Brigade is to make baskets for 160 students. Mastro says each basket is valued at around $75 each, but they’re short on what they need for their next two drives.

“The goal is maybe they can be inspired and maybe one day do this for someone else. That’s why our t-shirt says be inspired, pass it on,” he said.

Naples Basket Brigade has been working with Collier County Elementary Schools for four years, Mastro said.

“Because of the hurricane, a lot of charitable donations that usually are done during the year were done at one time. I know other charities we’re involved with as well. It’s hard because everybody dug deep during Irma. But it makes it hard when we have a program that goes year round.”

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