Nonprofit 'Simply The Basics' Creates 'Hygiene Bank' For Those In Need

When it comes to purchasing basic items for health and hygiene, from shampoo to toothpaste to deodorant, San Francisco's homeless and extremely low-income residents are often out of luck. 

Enter local nonprofit Simply the Basics, which launched last year to provide hygiene kits in reusable tote bags to people and organizations in need. The nonprofit doesn't hand out its tote bags on the street, but exclusively at different social-service sites, to encourage people to go there (and to afford them more dignity).