Our Story

Our Mission

Giving the Basics mission is to bring improved health, hope and dignity to struggling children and adults through the procurement, fulfillment, and distribution of hygiene products.

Giving the Basics started in the Midwest in 2009 to assist a single mother in need of toilet paper.  The young mother had been to the grocery store with a government card in hand, only to discover hygiene products, like soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and laundry detergent are not covered by any kind of government assistance programs.  The hygiene products were removed from her cart as she went through the check out.  Embarrassed and confused, she walked away knowing she and her young family would likely have to go without these products.  After becoming overwhelmed, she reached out to a close friend for help and her needs and those of her children were immediately met.  

While this young mother worked hard to get back on her feet, the Giving the Basics team was quickly and quietly working behind the scenes, to develop a strategic way to help hundreds of thousands of other people in the community also in desperate need of hygiene products.  Happily………Giving the Basics was born! Improved health, hope and dignity were right around the corner for so many people.

After a formal launch in 2011, Giving the basics since been blessed with incredible growth.  Teaming up with over 700  locations, including local schools, pantries, police departments and senior centers to distribute our much needed hygiene products to those in need, we are now reaching over 400K people on a regular basis.  Wonderful and generous people have stepped forward to help us build a stronger and more focused community.  We believe every person deserves to have an opportunity for dignity.   Being able to be clean and presentable can drastically change the trajectory of a person’s life.  

Hygiene products help students avoid being rejected or bullied and it allows them to be able to come to school with their heads held high; better prepared to learn. Job seekers are able to look their best and find success for themselves and for their families. Families living on the edge financially are now able to have basic hygiene products available and breathe a sigh of relief.  

Thank you for getting to know us and please join us in helping others succeed in a personal and powerful way!

Thank You To Our Donors!

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