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Literally nothing is cuter than these two cats who became best friends against all odds.

In late April, a woman who goes by the name "Mac" on Twitter posted a picture of her cat, Simon, looking forlornly out the window. What was out there that could captivate Simon for so long?

Was it a bird flying by? Was it the call to be outside?  Or was it the realization that Mac is living in my personal nightmare of having her window face directly into another window ensuring at least one embarrassing situation of rom/com proportions?

No, well kinda: It was the other cat that lives in the window across the way.


Simon was in love and he didn't know the cat's name or have any way to get across for a meow-and-greet (sorry).

Here's the picture:

First of all: The "Love, Simon" is iconic because that was the best movie of 2018.

Second of all, this cat looks truly friend-sick (which is kind of like being love-sick except when you meet someone who you're like 'wow they would be so cool to hang out with' and just obsess over it for a few hours. Totally normal) and that breaks my heart.

Third, this beautiful collage of pictures has revealed that the other cat's name is "Theo" and he's not great at grammar, which is very important.

Theo even showed up for Simon's birthday. How did they know? Why isn't this kind of stuff covered in "Cats: The Musical" starring Taylor Swift?'

Soon, Simon and Theo's parents were leaving the windows open so the cats could talk and, predictably, the whole thing went viral.

I'm not going to pull 500 tweets to prove this to you -- too many pictures of cats to be seen -- but I was there for it and my timeline was filled with people (rightfully) breaking down because two cats were at the beginning of the kind of beautiful friendship we all wanted in our early 20s.

Because this is 2019, suddenly Theo had a twitter account and was posting pics of himself chilling in a bow tie...just like his friend had on his birthday. Anyone else getting "Single White Female" vibes off of this? (Oh, Simon has a twitter, too.)

Of course, now that the cats — animals without opposable thumbs or the ability to speak in human — were set up with social media, the only other thing they could do was meet each other for the delight of the internet-loving public who demanded either an in-person friendship or at least one of the parties to quickly move away (so that we could text our friends "sometimes I still think about that cat whose best friend moved and it's really an amazing allegory for connection in our hectic, modern lives").

Simon was anxious for the meeting:

But it turned out pretty well! Everyone had a great time! (I honestly don't know what that means because I don't have cats and am just sitting here in my living room trying to google "cats meet+good outcome!)

And Simon was so hyped by the time the meeting was over, that the only way he could come back down the ground was by watching Taylor Swift's new single.

Same. Here's hoping a lifetime of friendship for these two!

All images provided by Bombas

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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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


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