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Spring Bowlin was doing a little shopping on her lunch break when she saw something that might make even the most patient of us groan.

As she got in line to check out, Bowlin recalled in a Facebook post, the older gentleman in front of her pulled a handful of change from his pocket to pay for his items and began to slowly ... count ... the ... coins.

Visibly flustered by the line growing behind him, full of potentially impatient shoppers, the man fumbled the change, lost count, and had to start again, according to Bowlin. The man only grew embarrassed and more frantic.


If you're imagining an aggravated cashier pointedly drumming her fingers waiting for the man to finish, well ... you'd be wrong.

Bowlin, watching from her place in line, praised the "beautiful cashier" who stepped in to put the man at ease.

"This beautiful cashier takes his hands and dumps all the change on the counter and says, 'This is not a problem, honey. We will do this together.'"

The man was incredibly apologetic to the cashier and Bowlin, who waited patiently for him to finish his transaction, reassuring him that it was no bother at all. When Bowlin stepped up to the counter herself, she thanked the cashier for being so patient with the man.

It's no wonder Bowlin's post has since racked up thousands of shares and comments from people moved by such a simple act of kindness:

My heart was warmed at Wal-Mart during lunch.This gentleman's items were scanned and he was given the total. He looks...

Posted by Spring Herbison Bowlin on Thursday, November 9, 2017

Studies have made it clear: Being in a hurry really hurts our ability to empathize with or feel compassion for others.

Raise your hand if you've ever been irritated by a traffic jam caused by a car crash in which someone might have been hurt or if you've ever grown frustrated as the person in front of you in line at the grocery store pulled out a wad of coupons (or a pocketful of change).

It's simple human nature, but experts encourage putting a little effort and mindfulness into paying attention to when being in a rush may be clouding our judgment.

The overwhelming response to Bowlin's post proves that compassion matters and can make a big difference, even in small doses.

As the cashier told Bowlin, "What's wrong with our world is we've forgotten how to love one another."

Now that's a message worth spreading far and wide.

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We can all be part of the giving movement

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We all know that small acts of kindness can turn into something big, but does that apply to something as small as a pair of socks?

Yes, it turns out. More than you might think.

A fresh pair of socks is a simple comfort easily taken for granted for most, but for individuals experiencing homelessness—they are a rare commodity. Currently, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. are experiencing homelessness on any given night. Being unstably housed—whether that’s couch surfing, living on the streets, or somewhere in between—often means rarely taking your shoes off, walking for most if not all of the day, and having little access to laundry facilities. And since shelters are not able to provide pre-worn socks due to hygienic reasons, that very basic need is still not met, even if some help is provided. That’s why socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in shelters.

homelessness, bombasSocks are a simple comfort not everyone has access to

When the founders of Bombas, Dave Heath and Randy Goldberg, discovered this problem, they decided to be part of the solution. Using a One Purchased = One Donated business model, Bombas helps provide not only durable, high-quality socks, but also t-shirts and underwear (the top three most requested clothing items in shelters) to those in need nationwide. These meticulously designed donation products include added features intended to offer comfort, quality, and dignity to those experiencing homelessness.

Over the years, Bombas' mission has grown into an enormous movement, with more than 75 million items donated to date and a focus on providing support and visibility to the organizations and people that empower these donations. These are the incredible individuals who are doing the hard work to support those experiencing —or at risk of—homelessness in their communities every day.

Folks like Shirley Raines, creator of Beauty 2 The Streetz. Every Saturday, Raines and her team help those experiencing homelessness on Skid Row in Los Angeles “feel human” with free makeovers, haircuts, food, gift bags and (thanks to Bombas) fresh socks. 500 pairs, every week.

beauty 2 the streetz, skid row laRaines is out there helping people feel their beautiful best

Or Director of Step Forward David Pinson in Cincinnati, Ohio, who offers Bombas donations to those trying to recover from addiction. Launched in 2009, the Step Forward program encourages participation in community walking/running events in order to build confidence and discipline—two major keys to successful rehabilitation. For each marathon, runners are outfitted with special shirts, shoes—and yes, socks—to help make their goals more achievable.

step forward, helping homelessness, homeless non profitsRunning helps instill a sense of confidence and discipline—two key components of successful recovery

Help even reaches the Front Street Clinic of Juneau, Alaska, where Casey Ploof, APRN, and David Norris, RN give out free healthcare to those experiencing homelessness. Because it rains nearly 200 days a year there, it can be very common for people to get trench foot—a very serious condition that, when left untreated, can require amputation. Casey and Dave can help treat trench foot, but without fresh, clean socks, the condition returns. Luckily, their supply is abundant thanks to Bombas. As Casey shared, “people will walk across town and then walk from the valley just to come here to get more socks.”

step forward clinic, step forward alaska, homelessness alaskaWelcome to wild, beautiful and wet Alaska!

The Bombas Impact Report provides details on Bombas’s mission and is full of similar inspiring stories that show how the biggest acts of kindness can come from even the smallest packages. Since its inception in 2013, the company has built a network of over 3,500 Giving Partners in all 50 states, including shelters, nonprofits and community organizations dedicated to supporting our neighbors who are experiencing- or at risk- of homelessness.

Their success has proven that, yes, a simple pair of socks can be a helping hand, an important conversation starter and a link to humanity.

You can also be a part of the solution. Learn more and find the complete Bombas Impact Report by clicking here.

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