Wins for Kansas: Giving the Basics

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Most are familiar with the idea of a food bank, but where can people in need get those everyday necessities that aren't edible?

"Hygiene products aren't covered by government assistance, so you can’t use SNAP or WIC or EBT to get hygiene products at the grocery store,” says Erin Kalkbrenner, executive director of Giving the Basics.

That's where Giving the Basics steps in, providing those basic necessities like shampoo, deodorant and laundry soap to organizations that help others.

“Our concept that we've created is called a hygiene hub, and we're trying to help other organizations specialize in what they do best,” says Kalkbrenner.

Through drives and donations, they assist shelters, food pantries and more, providing those basic needs so organizations can focus elsewhere.

"We would like to essentially be the hub for all of these organizations in Wichita so that they know they have a consistent, monthly donation of hygiene products."

To help with their mission, KAKE TV and our partners DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers are honored to them as this week's “Wins for Kansas.”

Click here if you'd like to nominate a non-profit group or charity to be considered for "Wins for Kansas."