Our Impact

“Does anyone out there know what it is like to have people turn away from you because you smell? Well I do and its not a good feeling because it makes you feel worse than you already do. I want to buy soap and shampoo but then I can’t pay my light bill. My food stamps keep me from starving but they can’t buy me things to keep me clean. So thank you for making available the items through my pantry because you make me feel better and healthy and I can work.” 
– Redemptorist client

Because of Giving the Basics:


See what our volunteers, product recipients and partner organizations have to say about the impact we’ve made in their lives.

“As a single 32 year old mother of 5 struggles with mounting cancer bills and her precipitously declining health, hygiene products from Giving the Basics help provide her with relief.  Financial resources are stretched to the limit as she dedicates every spare penny to keeping the lights on in her meager apartment and paying for medicine to prolong her life by a few more weeks so she can spend precious moments with her children as possible.  She wants to keep her children and home clean so she can focus on nurturing them and sharing her love with them in their remaining time together.” – Social worker from Jewish Vocational Services

Local Mission, National Impact

Not only has Giving the Basics made a significant impact in the Kansas City metro community, but we have also inspired a movement across the country that other cities and states are trying to replicate. Lack of access to personal care items is not just a Kansas City problem, it’s a nationwide issue that deserves our attention as no one should be without these essential accessories of life. Contact us to learn more about bringing Giving the Basics to your city.




Thank You To Our Donors!

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