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"majority of low-income families (74 percent) reported skipping washing dishes or doing laundry in an effort to compensate for the lack of household goods."
— FeedingAmerica.orgAbout Us
SUDS4Students mission is to ensure middle and high school students, that otherwise would have limited or no access to personal care items, will have them discreetly provided.
SUDS4Students is a non profit focused on discreetly meeting the hygiene needs of middle and high school students that otherwise wouldn’t have access to the products that they need.
SUDS4Students wants to partner with local middle and high schools to meet the hygiene needs of students in need.
SUDS4Students began as a prayer to find an unmet need and have the ability to fill it.
I began praying years ago for God to reveal an unmet need that I could help fulfill for His kingdom. I sincerely wanted to serve but just didn’t know my place.
I read an article about things kids in poverty wish others knew. One of the points of the information was if parents have to choose between food and deodorant, food and shampoo, food and laundry detergent, or food and other hygiene items... Food Wins! When families have to prioritize basic needs, food will be at the top, and hygiene items will move further down or even off the list. Simply put, this means there are children that go to school everyday that have had to compromise or not meet basic hygiene practices that most of us take for granted everyday.
This was the need, and with His guidance I started to work on how to fulfill it. Read More »
I called a school counselor at the local high school. That counselor and I worked together. (Thank you Andi) She created a space at the high school in which she could store products. She and other counselors would discreetly identify the students that seemed like they would benefit. But how would we get the products we needed? Personally, I couldn’t fund it. Not on an ongoing basis. We decided that community involvement was the best way to meet this need. I reached out to one of the feeder middle schools. The counselor agreed to help and we created the first SUDS4Students drive! (Thank you Brooke!) I agreed to pay for a pizza party for the class that collected the most. We were specific in what we wanted. Remember, the point here is to be discreet, we wanted small bottles that would easily be transferred in a backpack without the other kids knowing. The kids started bringing the supplies. Ultimately, there were about 5 boxes of items collected and the school found the money in their budget to pay for the pizza party. My husband and I collected the items and took them to the high school. Several kids were able to take home enough supplies to last them through the summer! The Lord has led me right where I needed to be. Our goal now is to ensure that all students are able to maintain their cleanliness despite their circumstances. Become a SUDS4Students School now »
We partner with local schools to provide specific personal hygiene items and laundry detergent to middle and high school students that may otherwise not have access to these. Items include: laundry detergent, soap, tooth paste, tooth brushes, shampoo, and deodorant.
First and foremost, Tonya loves Jesus, her husband, her son, and and her family. As a Registered Nurse of 18+ years, Tonya has a passion for health. Tonya earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of TN, Chattanooga. Upon graduation, she began her clinical career as a Registered Nurse in adult ICU.
Tonya completed here Ph.D., in Nursing along with Masters work in Nursing administration, Adult Education Psychology, and Homeland Security Nursing. Upon completion of her Ph.D., Tonya accepted a position with Quintiles, where she currently works. Tonya began as a nurse educator and worked her way up to National Director. Tonya has successfully run U.S. operations of multiple projects interfacing with small and large pharmaceutical companies.
Amanda Wuenscher Mitchell is magna cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. Upon completion of her degree, she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She is also a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law where she earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence.
After beginning her career working in the South Carolina Senate, she joined the South Carolina headquartered governmental relations and public affairs firm of Mike Daniel & Associates, PA, where she is now a partner. A member of the South Carolina Bar, she has extensive lobbying and consulting experience in the administrative and legislative arenas for both Fortune 500 companies as well as national and local nonprofits.
With a background in hospitality and bookkeeping, Angela comes to SUDS4Students with over twenty years of varied expertise, making her a great fit for the position of Treasurer. Angela brings a wealth of knowledge, in not only, finance, event coordination, marketing, fundraising, graphic design, but also in writing and editing.
A Knoxville Native, Angela has a working knowledge of Knoxville happenings, as well as several church and business networks. An active member of the Run 4 Their Lives Knoxville event team, Angela has a passion for the well-being and respect for all peoples. When not helping with the SUDS4Students effort, Angela enjoys being a wife, mother of a college student, Bible study member and avid collector of all things Wonder Woman.
Eric Broyles earned his Bachelor’s Degree from East Tennessee State University. Professionally Eric has worked in law enforcement at the state level, along with nuclear security and analytics with DOE. He’s also built several successful businesses from the ground level.
Eric volunteers in many different capacities with his local church.
Ramona Dew serves Knox County Schools as the Coordinated School Health Specialist. Receiving an undergraduate degree in Business Administration at Carson Newman, Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Tennessee and Education Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Tennessee Tech University.
Married to the man of her dreams for over 27 years and blessed to be the mother of two precious daughters, Ramona enjoys crafting, photography and reading in her free time.
As a military dependent, Ticca was provided the chance to travel, experience and embrace the diversity and opportunities available to her. This lifestyle imparted many skills and a sense of adventure leading to her move to East Tennessee.
Ticca earned her Bachelor of Arts in American Sign Language from Maryville College and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Tennessee. Her professional career in Hotel Management and Operations was happily lived until trumped by her desire to be available for her young family. She resigned and has taken various positions which best suited her families needs. This transition proved to be the catalyst uncovering her passion for missions within the community.
Ticca has been involved in multiple ministries and agencies to aid in providing direct services and/or outreach for individuals within the community. Her flexibility, strategic thinking, and resourcefulness have elevated expectations and established new systems for serving others. Being a stimulus for change, educating, and reaching others is made better because she can do it with her husband and children.
Students and parents have been extremely grateful!— School Social Worker
Student was outwardly thankful with tears in his eyes as he accepted the hygiene supplies.— School Counselor
Our student didn’t have detergent at home and stated his family hadn’t been able to wash clothes in over 2 weeks.— School Counselor
Since providing the supplies to the student, his attendance has improved tremendously!— School Counselor