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Keanu Reeves went peak Keanu when he and fellow air passengers got stranded in Bakersfield.

Keanu Reeves has made a name for himself as a man of the people because of incidents like this.

Imagine you're flying along on a short flight from San Francisco to Los Angeles when your plane has to make an emergency landing—in Bakersfield.

Bakersfield, for the uninitiated, is basically the armpit of California. (My family is from there, so I'm allowed to say that.) If you're going to get stranded someplace in The Golden State, Bakersfield is not where you want to be. Clearly, this is not your day.


But now imagine that famous actor/dreamboat/genuine good guy Keanu Reeves just happened to be on that flight with you. Imagine he's there in the Bakersfield airport, chatting with you and the other passengers and taking charge of helping everyone figure out how to get the 100 miles to L.A.

Not so sucky of a day now, is it?

Why can't all famous folks be as Keanu Reevesy as Keanu Reeves?

Some passengers who were aboard the United flight that was diverted to Bakersfield shared videos of Reeves talking about their options for taking a bus to L.A. Cartoonist Brian Rea shared some video on his Instagram, while others shared clips on Twitter.

Apparently, these passengers were treated to a surreal sort of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure-meets-Speed scenario. In one clip, Reeves helped everyone figure out the bus and baggage situation. In another clip, he can be seen in a vehicle reading out facts about Bakersfield to fellow passengers.

“It’s population is around three hundred and eighty thousand," Reeves says in the video, "making it the ninth most populous city in California, and the fifty-second most populous city in the nation."

He also played some "Bakersfield sound" country music on his phone for the other passengers on the mini-bus. Sounds about right. (Buck Owens and Merle Haggard hail from Bakersfield. Look at how cultured Keanu Reeves is.)

All of this is just par for the course for Reeves, who gives away money like water and rides the subway in New York.

After The Matrix made the Hollywood star more than $114 million, he reportedly turned around and gave $80 million of it to the costume designers and special effects crew who helped create the film. That's just the kind of guy he is.

He's also been spotted on the New York subway, and was once surreptitiously recorded giving up his seat for a stranger. Seriously. How can anyone not love him?

Keep on being Keanu Reeves, Keanu Reeves. If I had to make an emergency landing in Bakersfield, you're definitely the celebrity I'd choose to be stuck with.

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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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