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Giving The Basics Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Human Services

Mission: To alleviate shame and hopelessness by providing hygiene products for improved health, dignity and self esteem.

Results: We have 3 programs: School Program: Provides hygiene products monthly to 182 schools to be distributed to the children in need of the basics. Pantry Program: Provides hygiene products monthly to 86 pantry locations to be distributed to their clients in need of the basics. Police Program: Provides products to 3 police districts for distribution from squad cars people not easily seen or reached through other outlets.

Target demographics: veterans, seniors, students, ex-offenders, battered women, homeless, children, families, mentally ill

Direct beneficiaries per year: 86 local pantry locations and 182 local schools.

Geographic areas served: The Kansas City Metro area

Programs: Providing access to basic hygiene products, not covered by government assistance on a consistent monthly basis to hundreds of thousands of people each month.

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Dan I.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Giving The Basics helps City Union Mission every month meet the hygiene needs of clients in our shelters. The staff and volunteers with this organization are very helpful and caring. They are such a blessing to City Union Mission and others!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Professionally run organization which does so much, common sense good, for the needy in our community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is fantastic and built on the integrity of those who are really in need for the basic necessities many of us take for granted. This non profit brilliant organization has touched and inspired thousands on both sides of the fence.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer regularly to fill the carts with supplies that go out to the service agencies that work in the Kansas City metro area. Giving the Basics is an excellent organization, true to its mission statement, 100% legit. We welcome more volunteers, our time is well spent.

Donor

Rating: 5

Such a great charity run by honorable people who really care! Please support Giving the Basics!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Giving the Basics ensures that recipients of hygiene items experience dignity. Something as mundane as a toothbrush or stick of deodorant can help a person feel confident. This agency has been life changing for men, women, girls and boys in its ever growing service area. The outreach to schools is my favorite part. A student told me that these items helped her whole family, and that they were doing better. It is amazing to think that this need was unmet before - Giving the Basics enriches our community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Giving The Basics and trust me, these people are dedicated! They have such a commitment to provide those in need with the basic necessities for everyday life; things we all take for granted. I applaud their dedication to serve others! So many people have and will be served by this wonderful organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization giving those in need what they need to look and feel good about themselves. Everyone wants cleanliness. . There are so many in need of the items they provide. I love what this organization provides as well as what it allows volunteers to provide to our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

“Try going 3 days without any personal hygiene products.” That includes shampoo, toilet paper, and deodorant. This is the challenge that Teresa (the founder of giving the basics) presented to me and it is what first caught my attention. Just think about doing it for 3 days and when you realize that there are hundreds of people that do it constantly without a choice, you’ll realize how important this charity is.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Giving the Basics does so much for our community. They work daily to promote the dignity of each person they serve. They also regularly educate our area school and businesses on the needs of those who are on government assistance. It's eye opening for most to learn that those who are on assistance programs are not able to purchase basic care itemss which leads to low self esteem and many school days missed. I have volunteered for them numerous times and I'm always impressed at not only how organized they are but also how compassionate and loyal they are to the local shelters and other service organizations

1 Dana F.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a fantastic non profit to help people in need!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful and well run organizaton. They provide so much to so many in our community. A truly caring group of people !

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful charity, well run and much needed! Serving many who would not be helped otherwise.

1 Pam Sutton B.

Donor

Rating: 5

Fantastic well run organization that fills a need that many may never have realized was there.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Not only does this nonprofit fill an unmet need, they have successful educated the public about the urgent need for hygiene items among those who live life in the margins of society as the the struggling poor and homeless. Giving the Basics is a source of dignity among the poor of our metropolitan area, providing basic needs not met by government agencies and programs. They have not only taken their message into the corporations, but they have educated school children about how it feels to need the basics that many take for granted. We are a better community because of their vision and their message.

1 Mary M.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a former teacher, Giving the Basics identied the need for human dignity products to our students. GTB changed the course of many young lives treating them to and with dignity. Thank you GTB, for your pragmatic and respectful outlook for our future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Did you know that items like deodorant, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and toilet paper are NOT covered by EBT (food stamps)? Well neither did I until I volunteered with Giving the Basics as part of a service project through my employer. The work they do here is vitally important to so many families who are just trying to get by. They have a very smart and driven leadership team. Typical volunteer work involves taking product donations and then sorting and counting them for future distribution.

1 JasonRadford

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is incredible! When I heard about them I thought "Cool, I'll volunteer a few hours with them." When I got there and heard the touching story about how it was founded and the incredible difference they make in the lives of so many people in an area that is excluded by public assistance and food banks - personal hygiene products - I was blown away and invested. I suggested that the company that I work for adopt them as one of the collection drives that they do each year to assist and give back to our Kansas City community. In 2016 DST Systems had one of the largest collections drives for Giving The Basics in their history up to that point. We are in the middle of our 2nd collection drive for them currently. This is an organization that runs on almost 100% donations in every area. Above are some photos of a small group of DST employees sorting the huge amount of donated items in their warehouse in 2016 (902 toothbrushes, 850 shampoo & conditioner, 670 toothpaste, 1200 razors, and much more not pictured).

1 Amy T.2

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to this cause because they fill a gap that is critical to our society. They provide people in need with dignity. Dignity is imperative, maybe not for survival but for the ability to thrive. For the ability to feel better about themselves. So many charities focus on nourishing bodies. This one nourishes souls.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I can't imagine living without the things I need to get clean. This non-profit makes sure people can have hope for a better future. I can't think of anything more important to a family's success than to have the things they need to get clean.