From our partners at Essentials First —
More than four years ago, the youth led and managed non-profit organization Kits for Peace (an independent 501c3) started providing emergency and personal care kits to those experiencing hunger and homelessness in the Pacific Northwest.
Our story began to expand when the pandemic exposed a major gap in personal and household hygiene support across the state. In response, we ramped up our efforts to serve all households in need including those who regularly visit food banks
Kits for Peace was overwhelmed with requests for basic household and personal hygiene items Over the course of the last year the organization procured hygiene essentials such as soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, hand sanitizer, masks, cleaning wipes, feminine hygiene products, toothbrush/paste, and other basic hygiene items and has distributed kits with these items to over 900 families in various local districts.
We are proud to share that our volunteers have packed and distributed more than 400,000+ hygiene items to neighbors in need just in the last year.
In Feb 2021, we completed a needs assessment to help understand the extent of the gap we are trying to fill.
In Sept. 2021, Kits for Peace rebranded itself as Essentials First. The new name we believe better reflects the changing nature of our work and our vision for the future to address this gap.
To learn more & support Essentials First, please check out our website https://essentialsfirst.org/