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Give a man a bottle of water, he drinks clean water for a day.

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Give a man The Drinkable Book, he drinks clean water for four years.

750 million people around the world don't have access to clean water — that's 1 out of every 9 people. As a result, more than 3.4 million people die every year from diseases caused by bacteria in water. That's a lot of preventable deaths.

Which is why Dr. Theresa Dankovich, the chemist who's behind The Drinkable Book, has spent years committed to finding a fix. When ad agency DDB introduced her to the organization Water Is Life, a beautiful relationship was born.

Image via TheGiftOfWater/YouTube.

This groundbreaking book puts a life-saving solution directly in the hands of people who need it most.

It's functional.

The pages are coated in silver nanoparticles that kill 99.9% of bacteria like typhoid, cholera, and E. coli. Every page you tear from the book serves as a filter that you place in a pan (which doubles as the book's case). Pour contaminated water through the filtered pan, and what comes out is safe, drinkable water. How cool is that?

GIF via TheGiftOfWater/YouTube.

It's educational. And multilingual.

On each page of the book are tips on simple measures (printed in food-grade ink) that folks can take to decrease the chances of contamination and ensure drinking water is clean. You can only use the pages once, but the knowledge they give can last forever.

It plays well with others.

You might have noticed that the world is really ... big. And diverse. With so many different types of people, languages, diseases, land, and water, it's not always a sure bet that one solution can work across the board. But this book is tackling differences. From tests in South Africa to Ghana and Bangladesh, the pages are getting the job done.

And it doesn't break the bank!

In a world where 20% of people live on less than $1 a day, an affordable solution is vital. Fortunately, the creators of the book say it costs only pennies to produce — ensuring that cost won't be a barrier to its use.

It's almost like this book can do it all ... except pay for itself.

The Drinkable Book has proven to be a game-changer. But the folks behind it need the resources to amp up production so they can get it in the hands of the people who need it around the world.

That's why the creator of the The Drinkable Book and Water Is Life teamed up to ask for help through Indiegogo.

Learn more about this revolutionary book here:

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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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