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350 pairs of shoes donated!

Tate Hart & Jack Schroder from Lumen Christi High School in Anchorage did a community service project and chose to support The Basics. Tate & Jack collected over 350 pair of gym shoes and boots over during the 2018-2019 school year. 225 pair of gym shoes and boots were sorted, cleaned, and delivered to The Basics storage. Thank you Tate & Ben! Your efforts will ensure kids in need have gym shoes and winter boots to join their peers in physical activity programs.

ConocoPhillips awarded The Basics $10,000 dollars for a grant project

“Teaming Together, Making a Difference”. The project focuses on
sports programs in the Mat-Su, Kenai, and Anchorage School Districts.
The monies are already going into effect with wrestling, cross country
skiing, and spring baseball sports. Monies have already supported
students who were wrestling in socks, sharing cross country ski boots,
and eight boys in a homeless programs joining a baseball team with new
baseball shoes for the first time!

Thank you Alaska Airlines!

Alaska Airlines donated two RT tickets for the October 5, 2019
fundraiser at ConocPhillips.

Thank you LaTouche

LaTouche Pediatrics donated $1000 dollars in addition to the $2500
dollars donated in the fall of 2018. The $1000 dollar donation was great
timing, supporting schools displaced from the Earthquake and the
requests for winter gear with the cold weather.

Nothern Lights Collection

Northern Lights ABC school in the Anchorage School District collected
250 pair of shoes for The Basics. The project was spearheaded by Matt
Shasby one of Northern Lights ABC instructors. The 7 th grade Service
Learning project made the shoe collection happen, k-8 grades
participated. Kids helping kids, its great!

Thank you Girls on the Run

Girls On The Run donated 55 pair of beautiful new shoes of sizes they
could not use to The Basics. The Basics in turn supported GOTR with running
shoes in sizes GOTR was short of. Great partnership and amazing organization!

The Basics Model

What sets The Basics apart from other non-profits: The Basics works with teachers, nurses, coaches, admin who know which students are in need of shoes. By providing children in need with their own shoes they avoid the stigma of sitting out of physical education, sports, recreation programs, or sifting through lost and found boxes while their peers are already engaged in these activities. They will be able to hit the ground running with the proper gear and they will do it with feelings of confidence and self worth.


Special recognition to William Pugh at Aquarian Charter School.  His students have collected 2,000 pair of shoes for recycle since 2012.  The goal was reached the last week of November 2017.

  • Alaska Airlines annual donation for the past 6 years 2 RT tickets for fundraiser raffle
  • Skinny Raven: gift certificates / donation of shoes
  • Alaska Wildberry: donation of chocolates for the annual Wine/Cheese/Chocolate fundraiser
  • Alaska RR: 2 RT tickets for raffle/fundraiser
  • Bradley Shoe Storage

    Bradley Shoe Storage

    26 Glacier Cruise: 2 RT tickets for raffle/fundraiser

  • Active Soles: shoe donations for storage
  • Bradley CO: generous donation of storage units
  • GCI: generous support with storage and advertising
  • AORN: collection of gear
  • ARBY’s: $1000 dollar donation

Mark your calendars!

We are proud to be approved with Gold Star status for grant applications by the Mat-Su Health Foundation.

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Talkeetna Elementary is one school that has benefited immensely from The Basics
Alaska program. As the PE Teacher, I’ve gotten to witness firsthand how helpful it
has been to provide my students with the right gear, thanks to The Basics. Not
only do our new gym shoes assure that all of my students can access the Physical
Education class, but they have also helped kids here get excited about PE because
they have new and exciting gear. The Basics has helped put my students on a
level playing field as far as their ability to participate and enjoy PE class and I am
immensely grateful for that.

Sam Christman Talkeetna PE Instructor

Kenai Middle was just starting our Nordic ski and wrestling season. We had kids
that were not going to be able to ski because they did not have the means to
purchase ski boots to participate. We also had kids who were wrestling in their
socks because they did not have wrestling shoes. It is amazing to see the smiles
on the kids who are now competing and staying active because of your

Vaughn Dosko
Kenai M.S. Principal

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