In San Francisco, Simply the Basics, a 3-year-old nonprofit organization and self-proclaimed “hygiene bank,” delivers products to schools once a semester to augment what they already have, and recommends each school put pads and tampons in the library as well as in restrooms and locker rooms for all genders. That’s partly to serve transgender and nonbinary students who menstruate, and also to make the issue more open to both boys and girls.
The whole two-hour exercise was anything but pretentious, she and her new friends said. It was creative, revealing and healing for people who had no homes to call their own but could, for just a couple of hours, escape the anguish that being homeless brings.
“This was even better than I’d hoped,” said Simply the Basics President Meghan Freebeck. “There are no spaces, really, for people without means to just enjoy themselves like this, to come together and share, be social and have fun.”
One of my favorite things about The Smile Project is the opportunity to connect with other people in the nonprofit and social good space. As a grantee of The Pollination Project, I can connect with others who care about making their world better.
That’s how I virtually met Meghan Freebeck, the founder of Simply the Basics in San Francisco. Even just watching this quick video about their work gives you a comprehensive idea of the ways they are bettering their world.
Her work speaks for itself, so without further ado, allow me to share Meghan and Simply the Basics.
As three massive wildfires continue to burn in Northern and Southern California, sending clouds of smoke over the Bay Area, many locals may be wondering how they can help.