After we received letters from the school districts telling us that children were trying to disappear at school because they were getting picked on or were being left out because they smelled, we got the wheels on the Giving the Basics bus moving! Kansas City, MO, Kansas City, KS, Center Schools and Shawnee Mission School districts, hoped we would to help change thousands of lives immediately, by supplying personal care hygiene products to their low income students. They wanted them to feel free to raise their hands proudly, hug their friends, and not feel humiliated or ashamed of they way they looked.

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Can you imagine being afraid to join a group or to try to make friends because you knew you smelled? What is even worse, is that were told that some children think it is okay for people to be mean to them or leave them out because they smell bad or look dirty. We will keep you posted as the wheels on our human dignity bus go round and round. Get your group involved in helping us make it easier for children to learn and thrive, please contact us at and click the have a product drive bag. It is simple and fun!

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GIVING THE BASICS continues to get a resounding response from the pantry locations we serve: "THANK GOD FOR ALL THE PEOPLE WHO HELP GIVING THE BASICS OR OUR PEOPLE WOULD GO WITHOUT!" That means thanks to all of you.

OUR MOST RECENT AMAZING VOLUNTEERS: KU Medical students, KU Nursing Students, KCP&L employees, Hallmark Interns, Holy Spirit youth group.

OUR MOST RECENT PRODUCT DRIVES: Camp Kateri Tekakwitha, US Bank, The Feisty Friends, Time Warner Cable, KU Medical support staff, Owens Corning, P1 Group, Theatre in the Park, and Hallmark Corporation, Seaboard Corp.

OUR UPCOMING EVENTS : KCCAN benefit auction in October, KCPL volunteer day, Chubb volunteer day, IMACORP volunteer day, National Naehcy conference for the homeless youth product drive and awareness campaign, Awareness speech for Kansas University Panhellenic board, IMACORP volunteer day

UPCOMING DRIVES: this month: KCPL, CHUBB INSURANCE, SLOAN AGENCY, Girl Scouts, Ascension School, St. Michaels, Chisolm Trail, Lakewood Elementary, KU Medical Staff support and the list continues into the months ahead.

PLEASE CAN YOU HELP WITH THESE IMMEDIATE NEEDS?: 7 grocery carts, 10 flatbeds for monthly orders, travel size personal care items, shampoo, conditioner, lotion and shaving cream, regular size lotion, shampoo, laundry soap and deodorant.

SOME OF THE LOCATIONS WE SERVE MONTHLY: A Simple House, Avenue of Life, Catholic Charities KCMO, Catholic Charities, KSKS, City of Truth, City Union Mission, Community Assistance Council, Connections to Success, Friends of Yates, Gillis Home, Happy Bottoms, Hillcrest Transitional Housing, Hope Faith Ministries, Hope House, Jackson County Casa, Jewish Family Services, Jewish Vocational Services, KC Community Release Program, Loveinc, Metropolitan Avenue United Methodist Church, Metro Lutheran Ministries, Morning Glories, Operation Breakthrough, Phoenix Housing, Project Uplift, Rainbow Housing, Redemptorist Social Services, Ronald McDonald House, Rubies, Safehome, Salvation Army, Seton Center, Spofford House, St. Catherine of Sienna, St. Francis Center, St Pauls Episcopal, Synergy Services, Trinity Interfaith, Village Presbyterian and Valley View Hopechest. Phew…….and that is just the regulars!

Thank You To Our Donors!

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