Giving The Basics June 2012 Newsletter

DonationsGiving the Basics received its charitable status as a tax exempt 501C3 public charity on October 18, 2011.  We launched our initiative on November 15th, 2011 with a delivery to City Union Mission in Kansas City Mo.  In a very short amount of time, we have been blessed to send thousands of human dignity products to those in need.  The important work we are doing is beginning to take hold.   We have received financial and product donations from generous companies and individuals throughout the Kansas City area. The testimonials we have received are very telling of the impact we are making.  With your help to spread the word, we can continue providing products for dignity to those who would otherwise go without.  Thank you for all you have done to help us at Giving the Basics.

Teresa Hamilton and Michele Orpin

Upcoming Events

Theater in the Park will be doing a 7 day toilet paper drive for Giving the Basics for the show Urinetown.  How appropriate!  We will send the toilet paper to the shelters that have registered with us.  The event will be July 20-22 and again July 26-29.  You can get information for the show at

Drive Totals

Thanks to everyone who participated in our April drive!

Mariner Wealth Drives: Over 1,298 Items!

AMC Theaters – Over 1,185 Items!

Kansas State University – Over 4,050 items!


Donation Totals

  • 1,428 multi-size deodorants
  • 1,668 multi-size toothpaste
  • 11,664 multi-size bars of soap
  • 14,848 disposable razors
  • 192 bottles of laundry soap
  • 2,100 rolls of toilet paper
  • 2,500 multi-size zip bags
  • 230 boxes of feminine hygiene products
  • 288 combs
  • 3,350 multi-size trash bags
  • 3,871 bottles multi-size shampoo
  • 300 bottles conditioner
  • 36 bottles of lotion
  • 36 jugs cleaning spray
  • 45 boxes dryer sheets
  • 6,688 toothbrushes
  • 720 multi-size shaving cream
    Product drives brought in an additional 6,533 products

Donations That Make a Difference

"We would like to thank you for your generous donation. With your donation, we are able to provide essential support for our residents - homeless men and women, runaway youth, and families with children. Your gift is a blessing to those we serve and we thank you again."


"A resident was recently given a warning for housekeeping issues by the section 8 office during an annual recertification visit. We are providing this resident supplies from Giving the Basics to assist her in cleaning before the reinspection."


"At the time of the Giving the Basics delivery there were 8 pregnant women at one of the low-income housing communities as well as 10 new mothers. Needless to say, the diapers have been extremely helpful."



Thank You To Our Donors!

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