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She wants to create a trans-friendly house across from the Westboro Baptist Church.

An 8-year-old transgender girl has big plans for a house in Topeka.

We've all heard of the Westboro Baptist Church, right?

They're the people who show up to protest just about every event imaginable (concerts, funerals — you name it) with their over-the-top homophobic signs and shouts. They're basically a YouTube comments section come to life.


Here they are protesting before the funeral service for Justice Antonin Scalia (who wasn't exactly a fan of gay people, anyway). Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images.

So, since 2013, a group called Planting Peace has been trolling WBC with Equality House, located across the street from WBC's home in Topeka, Kansas.

Decked out in rainbows, the Planting Peace house stands for pretty much the polar opposite of WBC. It's the organization's resource center for human rights and bully prevention initiatives.

Image via Planting Peace/YouTube.

A year ago, 8-year-old transgender girl Avery Jackson visited Equality House after it had been painted the colors of the transgender pride flag, and it gave her an idea.

While Equality House was only temporarily painted those colors (for one week in honor of transgender day of remembrance), Avery thought it was a really cool idea.

And she thought it'd be even cooler to do something a little more ... permanent.

"The purpose of Planting Peace's Equality House is to counter the actions of hate groups like the Westboro Baptist Church with love and compassion."

"I loved the Rainbow House when it was painted like the transgender flag," she says. "I felt so happy and proud to be transgender."


Image via Debi Jackson/YouTube.

Avery set her sights on a house located right next to Equality House and planned to raise money to buy it and paint it the trans pride colors year-round.

Planting Peace joined forces with Avery, and together they're trying to raise $70,000 to buy the home next door and deck it out in trans pride colors permanently. How cool would that be?

If Avery and Equality House raise the funds needed, soon this house will be decked out in the colors of the trans pride flag. Image via Debi Jackson/YouTube.

"The purpose of Planting Peace's Equality House is to counter the actions of hate groups like the Westboro Baptist Church with love and compassion, and serve as a symbol to the LGBT community that they are not alone, that they have support from so many people," Planting Peace President Aaron Jackson tells Upworthy by email.

"I was deeply touched when Avery visited us and said it brought her joy and gave her confidence," he adds. "She inspired us to partner with her to create a symbol of support for the transgender community by expanding the Equality House and permanently painting our neighboring house the colors of the transgender flag."

Learn more about the plans for Transgender House at the video below.

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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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