How we impact: KANSAS CITY metro

I sat on the bleachers in the packed Kentucky middle school auditorium; our block class was cancelled as a result of the guest speaker.

“Did you know that smelly kid you sat next to? The one that you wrinkled your nose and turned away from? It’s not that they don’t want to shower and be clean,” her voice rang out. “It’s that sometimes they are unable to. Government assistance, or food stamps, programs don’t cover hygiene products.”

I don’t remember too much from middle school (and that’s probably a good thing). But this moment in that packed auditorium stuck with me my entire life.

Walking into Giving the Basics, words like “dignity” and “clean” surround the walls - scribbled on thank you notes and crayon pictures, people of varying ages experiencing what is it like to have the power to be clean.

  • 230,000 people have access to basic personal care products because of Giving the Basics. That’s just within their footprint, within the Kansas City metro and surrounds. Chances are - you know someone that receives products from them.

  • More than 76 organizations and 261 schools served annually. “You would be surprised,” the warehouse manager told us, “on the schools we deliver too. Schools you wouldn’t think - wealthier districts included.”


One Giving the Basics recipient said:

“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 … My food stamps keep me from starving but they can’t buy me things to keep me clean.”

EMBR donated 240 wipes to Giving the Basics!

Standing in their warehouse of pallets of products, the team mentioned their need for wipes and how they are running out of the products. Every contribution helps, and one day we dream of being able to contribute pallets of wipes to this incredible organization that is empowering people all around the Kansas City metro to feel clean and feel worthy.

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How we impact: HAITI

Guest Author: Sarah Ruppe

In December, EMBR donated 244 wipes to Melissa’s Hope Orphanage in Haiti. Haiti has been a country on our hearts for over a year, and we wanted to help in any way that we could. We found the perfect EMBassador, Sarah, to use her connections to get our wipes over to Haiti. Here’s Sarah’s experience:

“At Melissa’s Hope Orphanage in Haiti, the children are playing all day long on the concrete and not all of them have shoes to wear. This was the perfect place and perfect people to share these wipes! I decided to use the foot wipes on “Big Boss” as he was in his wheelchair coloring and his feet were dirty. He smiled as I cleaned his feet with the wipe and he wanted another one for his hands to use and smell. When the Orphanage opened up on Saturday for camp and all of the community children came over, I was so excited to give them the EMBR wipes. The second I tore the package open, the little girls could smell the lavender scent and were fighting to take a pack for their own. The kids and the house moms were absolutely in love with these wipes. Mama Charlette and I decided to distribute the a bunch of the wipes among the goodie bags for all the community children who attended camp at the Orphanage. The kids were thrilled to have wipes to bring back with them!"

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