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Kids need to play because that's how they learn.

What's a childhood without running around, playing games, and being curious about the world?


Can't stop running. Also, puppies!


But in conflict areas, that can be impossible for a kid.

Instead of playing and learning, many children who live in conflict areas find themselves fearing for their lives, fleeing from their homes, and mourning the loss of their family and friends.

Safe to say she's been through a lot. Image via CARE.

This is especially true of the children stuck smack-dab in the middle of the Syrian conflict.

Talk about chaotic. Since the Syrian conflict began in 2011, Syria's kids have been forced to grow up way too fast in the most traumatic and uncertain way possible. Over 1 million of them have been displaced from their homes — many losing their families, their sense of safety, and their ability to be ... kids. Many have fled to escape the violence of their neighboring countries Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq.

For kids who've fled to Jordan, some have found a "Safe Space."

Child refugees have been welcomed by many organizations and shelters. One in particular is called "Safe Space," run by CARE in Jordan. The four Safe Space centers provide an outlet for kids to grieve, to process their thoughts, to run around, and to be kids in a safe and nurturing environment.


Coloring. Grieving. Acting. Photography. It happens here. Image via CARE.

"It's a place where children can come to have fun and also to learn how to deal with having to live through a very harsh experience of war, of refuge, of losing their loved ones," said Salam Kanaan, Director of CARE Jordan in the video below. "The feeling of loss and the grief around that, for young children, can be really traumatic. Coming to the Safe Space will bring them out of this trauma and give them an outlet for all of these sad memories that they have been experiencing. "

"It's a place where children can come to have fun and also to learn how to deal with having to live through a very harsh experience of war, of refuge, of losing their loved ones."

It's great to see a place that not only values the safety and security of these children, but also their emotional well-being. It's a rainbow at the end of a horrible situation by providing a secure place for them to go and to grow.


Who doesn't love a good maze? Image via CARE.

They are bringing smiles and hope to some of Syria's kids who have experienced such loss.

It's hard to imagine what it'd be like to live your childhood under such horrific circumstances. While these kids now have a support system, there are a lot of kids out there who don't. Everyone goes through hard times in life and this is a positive reminder of how much better off we all are when we support each other.

Before you peace out and go on your way, consider getting involved in CARE's work with child refugees. And, if nothing else, show someone some extra support today. You never know who will need it.

There is hope. Byeeeeeee. Image via CARE.

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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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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


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