Collecting the Hygiene Products

Required Products:

Required Products for Every Hygiene Kit:

  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Shampoo

  • Lotion

  • Deodorant

  • Soap

  • New Socks

  • All in our Reusable, Mildew Proof Simply the Basics Tote Bag

Some additional items you can include are:

  • Mouthwash, Floss

  • Wet Wipes/Tush Wipes

  • Razors/Shaving Cream

  • Conditioner

  • Combs

Quality Control: What makes our programs so impactful and our partnerships so valuable is because of the quality that we put into everything that we provide. You can help us save time and resources by ensuring that you are also meeting the same standards of care!

  • Always provide Completed Kits that are Equal in Quality and Quantity

  • All products must be Unused & Unopened. Travel Sized are okay!

How Many Kits Your Group Should Pack:

5 Volunteers + 1 Hour = 100 Hygiene Kits

10 Volunteers + 1 Hour = 200 Hygiene Kits

25 Volunteers + 1 Hour = 500 Hygiene Kits

50 Volunteers + 1 Hour = 1,000 Hygiene Kits!

An average delivery for a Nonprofit Partner is roughly 100-200 Hygiene Kits. A motivated group can go through a lot quickly!

Receiving Tote Bags from Simply the Basics

Simply the Basics will provide Reusable, Mildew Proof Tote Bags for FREE for up to 100 Kits!

Simply the Basics uses Reusable, Mildew Proof Tote Bags. As noted in your application, our tote bags are a required part of hosting a Simply the Basics hygiene bank activity - it is in receiving a Simply the Basics tote bag that people know they are getting quality items inside, they are able to use the bag in the future, and they do not have to worry about mildew from moister of sleeping outside or taking into showers.

If you are packing more than 100 Hygiene Kits, please make a donation for all additional tote bags needed HERE. $2 for every bag, therefore an additional 100 Tote Bags will cost $200. We will confirm receive of the donation, and ship the totes to the address provided.

Please note that we need at least 2 weeks notice from receiving the donation to provide Tote Bags.

Receiving the Hygiene Products

Option 1: Host a Hygiene Drive

Tips for Hosting a Hygiene Drive:

  • Create an easy way for people to donate to your drive.

    • Create an Amazon Wishlist to purchase items on your behalf and have them shipped to your home

    • Establish an accessible location for everyone to leave the items, such as a school or church or business lobby

  • Share your Goal with Family and Friends

    • Social Media is a great tool! Share details about your drive on social media, tell friends why you have gotten involved, and showcase donations! 

    • Email Outreach - Send an email to family and friends explaining your project, what you are fundraising for, and ask to contribute! 

      • Feel free to use our Sample Email Template Below.

  • Make a flyer to send out so people know exactly what items you are collecting.

    • You can use our sample flyer below!

  • Put a box outside an office lobby (or near the bathroom!) so people can easily give donations.

  • Host an event or party and have the products be the “admission” price!

  • Help people understand the impact of their gifts.

    • Share our Documentary (8 minutes) to showcase the impact each donation can have on the community.

*If you are unable to collect enough products, please ensure that you purchase the additional required items so that no one receives an incomplete Hygiene Kit! See below…

Option 2: Purchase Hygiene Products

You can request for Simply the Basics will purchase items on your behalf to create complete Hygiene Kits by making a donation. The following are available quantities for purchase:

100 Kits = $500

200 Kits = $1,000

500 Kits = $2,500

1,000 Kits = $5,000

*Please note that we must receive payment with at least 2 weeks notice so that we have time to ship all necessary products.

Purchase on Amazon - The following are our recommended, cost effective products to purchase in bulk:

Toothpaste + Toothbrush + Soap + Lotion + Deodorant + Shampoo + New Socks

Sample Flyer for Hygiene Drives

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Sample email template

Hello Friends and Family!

I am excited to be supporting Simply the Basics, a nonprofit hygiene bank that provides hygiene and health for our neighbors experiencing homelessness. I will be collecting hygiene items, packing them into kits, and delivering them to people in need. You can learn more about the impact of hygiene on health with this Brief Video.

Access to hygiene products and basic needs have a direct impact on a person’s health, wellness, and ability to reach their goals. A person experiencing homelessness is less likely to have access to proper hygiene care, and more likely to end up in the emergency room as a result of an infection or other hygiene related illness.

I hope you will help me reach my goal of collecting [Insert Goal Number] hygiene products for people in need! I am specifically collecting toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, lotion, deodorant, shampoo, and new socks. All products must be unused.

You can bring donations to me [insert address here] or let me know about arranging a pick up!

The basic act of staying clean is something that people often take for granted in terms of feeling human, and requires great resourcefulness for women who are experiencing homelessness. Thank you for helping me provide dignity to our community!


[Your name]

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