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For 20 years, Jeff Bridges has become synonymous with his “Big Lebowski” character. Instead of running away from it, he’s embraced it both for fans and to do some good in the world.

The creative resume of Jeff Bridges speaks for itself: Academy-Award winning actor, successful musician and producer. But he’s also built an impressive philanthropic track record over the years working in support of a number of great causes, including No Kid Hungry.

This September he even traveled to New York with Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono to recreate Ono and John Lennon's famous "Bed-Ins for Peace" event to raise awareness for No Kid Hungry.


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But in a recent interview, he told Upworthy that living a productive and creative life means making time for rest. That’s why he’s partnered up with a new venture, Sleep Club, to help people sleep smarter and live their waking lives to the fullest.

His Sleeping Tapes went viral. But they were just the beginning.

Back in 2015, Bridges released his album “Sleeping Tapes” during a viral Super Bowl ad. The eclectic album went to #2 on the New Age charts and became a cultural phenomenon.

“It’s totally surprising. Who knew it was going to become this hot topic,” he said of the response. “I was in an experimental mood,” Bridges says with his signature laugh.

But it was far from a joke, raising over $500,000 for charity.

Raising half a million dollars for a great cause? NBD.

He said he plans to take the Sleeping Tapes concept “to the next level” in his collaboration with Sleep Club.

“It’s easy to point at Jeff’s acting, music and photography,” said Sleep Club CEO Brooks Branch. "He comes from a truly place of passion. But what I’m blown away is it’s the same whether he’s working on the most highly profiled film or his charity, or something he’s doing entirely for himself.”

In addition to the Sleeping Tapes, Branch’s company is offering a wide variety of products and experts to help people looking to improve their sleeping habits and learn more about how sleep affects their waking lives.

But there’s literally an equal focus on the site to “Sleep” and “Awake” activities and it’s on the Awake side that Bridges is creating a virtual playground of experts, art and where he’s even started his own blog.

He’s using the platform to introduce the world to people that have inspired him.

During our conversation, Bridges talked about people who have inspired him throughout his life in art, politics and living. He even co-wrote a book on his spiritual practice and meditation.

“It’s kind of surprising,” he says of his practice, which includes meditating on film sets in between scenes, where he can “conjure up some emptiness,” before the camera rolls.

“I was kind of spiritually bent since I was a little kid,” he says of his practice. “When you’re interested in things it starts showing up in your life.”

He says he wants to use his forum on the Sleep Store site to “Get to turn folks on to people who wake you up,” and to let people into the world of individuals who have helped shape his life, including “A whole slew of people” in art, philanthropy, “old friends,” and the “people that worked on the Sleeping Tapes with me.”

So, if you're having trouble getting a good night's rest. Or, if you want to explore new ways of tapping into your creativity during your waking life, rest a little easier knowing Jeff Bridges has got your back.

Photo by  Emma McIntyre/Getty Images.

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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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