Wins For Kansas: Head to Toe Hygiene Pantry

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

When the University Congregational Church in east Wichita saw there wasn't a place in town for people in need to get hygiene products, the Head to Toe Hygiene Pantry was formed. Now eight and a half years later, tens of thousands of people have picked up items they otherwise couldn't get with other assistance. 

"Diapers, toilet paper, baby wash, shampoo, laundry detergent, none of that could be purchased with food stamps," said co-coordinator Debbi Green about some of the items available. 

For some, those everyday necessities are helping to ease financial strain.

"We have one dear lady who tells us that if it weren't for the pantry, she wouldn't be able to buy to buy the medication that she needs. So we do get a lot of positive feedback, and a lot of hugs," said Green.

Even after operating for nearly a decade, the need in Wichita still surprises the volunteers who keep the pantry open and running. 

"We're shocked, Saturday after Saturday. We have about 525 families who come seeking help. In the past eight and a half years we've served 43,000 families. I think we were unaware of how many families had this need for these basic hygiene items that you and i take for granted," said Green.

Every dollar donated to the pantry goes straight to buying more products for people who need them. To help keep the pantry stocked, KAKE and our partners Devaughn James injury lawyers have chosen Head to Toe Hygiene Pantry as this week's "Wins For Kansas."