The commandment of giving Purim Baskets is spelled out in the Book of Esther , which enjoins the Jewish people to observe the days of Purim "as days of feasting and gladness, and sending portions of food to one another, and gifts to the poor". Women Circle Volunteers make beautiful baskets of gifts of food to sent to family, friends and others on Purim day, accompanied by a card listing the names of those who contributed toward the gift. Each member submits a list of the names he wishes to send the basket to, along with a fee for each name.