October 24, 2019

Wichita, KS - Today, The Pando Initiative received a generous donation from GIVNG THE BASICS-WICHITA. As an organization, Pando’s mission it to help students thrive, and part of that means providing families with the essentials that they need so that they can focus on succeeding in school and in life. We received items for each of the schools we serve ranging from a few tubes of toothpaste to shampoo, body wash, deodorant, laundry soap and diapers to name a few.

Giving the Basics started its first affiliate program in Wichita, Kansas in January 2019 and has grown by partnering with 16 non-profit organizations and 24 local schools to distribute personal care items.

Giving the Basics distributes free hygiene products through a consistent monthly ordering process and works with nurses, teachers, social workers, counselors, administrators, local pantries, shelters, and other 501(c)3's, the Wichita police department, and the Wichita fire department to determine how they can best serve the students in local Wichita schools and children and adults in need in the greater Wichita area.  

Pando actively partners with the community and local businesses to recruit mentors for students in 23 schools that we serve in Wichita, Haysville and Derby. Many of our partners host school supply drives, assemble hygiene kits and more! If you’d like to learn more about Pando and how YOU can get involved visit our website at pandokids.org

Thank you for thinking of Pando, and the kids we serve, we are grateful for your compassion and generosity!


For more information, please contact Penny Olsen at 316-973-5110 (office), or by email, polsen@pandokids.org


The Pando Initiative connects with students to help them engage and thrive in education and their future. With the help of our Student Support Advocates, we feel that every student can thrive. When students are connected through relationships, they build strength, vitality and the courage to take the initiative. Since 1990, we have successfully been connecting with more than 210,000 students in Wichita, Derby and Haysville public schools.


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