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Earthquake Donations

Houston MS students and staff were displaced because of the Earth Quake, over 100 pair of shoes have been shipped to the staff who will distribute to students.

LaTouche Pediatrics donated $1000 dollars in addition to the $2500 earlier this fall, the donation was timely as The Basics was getting requests together for Houston Middle School as the staff and students were displaced because of the EarthQuake

Aquarian Charter School with the Anchorage School District 5th grade class held fundraisers, raising $400 dollars for boots for students who were displaced from the Earth Quake. Thank you Aquarian 5th Graders, kids helping kids!

In this Season of Giving, know that ALL of our sponsors have made a difference in the lives of children in need!

Event Update: Running on the Greens

Approximately 75 runners participated. It was a beautiful day!

  • Raised $8700 dollars
  • Approximately 85 people attended
  • Walt Maslen, Abe Salmon, Summer Keelan, and Anne Thomas gave inspirational testimonies
  • Elizabeth Schultz, Liaison for Community and Non-Profits Governor’s Administration, spoke after the testimonials
  • Summer Keelan with the Mat Su Headstart programs emphasized how critical it is to provide kids in need with access to physical activity programs not only in the summer but winter months
New Sponser: Stan Tebow of Allstate

Welcome to our new sponsor Allstate Agent Stan Tebow!

Allstate has donated $3000 dollars for the September 29 Running on The Green race at Settlers Bay Golf Club

Board update

Welcome new board member William Pugh a teacher at Aquarian Charter School with The Anchorage School District

Thank you to outgoing board member Heather Helzer. Heather has a new baby on the way and busy with her business TurnAgain Training. The Basics appreciates Heather’s support for the past six years, Heather will be missed.

Mark S. Hall Fund $500 dollar grant received on February 27, 2018 through the Greater Houston Community foundation. The grant honors “Anne T. Hall” who loved children and wanted to make sure all kids were taken card of and loved.

AORN is conducting a winter gear drive through April 12, 2018

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

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