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On a recent “Weekend Update” segment from “Saturday Night Live,” cast member Pete Davidson made some tasteless jokes about Republican congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw.

Crenshaw wears an eye-patch and only has partial vision in his other eye due to injuries sustained from an IED in Afghanistan while serving his third tour of duty as a Navy SEAL. It wasn’t so much the jokes that offended people (they were pretty mild) but that Davidson followed them up by saving, "I'm sorry. I know he lost his eye in war -- or whatever."

That stirred an angry reaction from the left and the right. So, in response, ‘SNL’ did what it does best and invited Crenshaw to appear on this past weekend’s episode. First, Davidson gave what sounded like a sincere, if mildly self-centered apology:


"I mean this from the bottom of my heart. It was a poor choice of words. The man is a war hero, and he deserves all the respect in the world,” Davidson said. "And if any good came of this, maybe it was that for one day, the left and the right finally came together to agree on something. That I'm a dick."

Crenshaw got in some delightful zingers at Davidson’s expense, making fun of his appearance and his recent breakup with Ariana Grande. And knowing his audience, Crenshaw, who will be heading to Congress in January, quipped:

“Thanks for making a Republican look good.”

After Crenshaw accepted Davidson’s apology, an Ariana Grande song suddenly began blaring to which he quipped, “Sorry, sounds like my phone’s ringing,” and adding, “Do you know her?”

But after all the barbs were thrown, Crenshaw shared some moving words about political unity, even making a heartfelt tribute to Davidson’s father, a firefighter who was killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001:

"There's a lot of lessons to learn here. Not just that the left and right can still agree on some things," Crenshaw said. "But also, this: Americans can forgive one another. We can remember what brings us together as a country and still see the good in each other. This is Veteran's Day weekend, which means that it's a good time for every American to connect with a veteran."

Crenshaw then offered some powerful advice for Americans interacting with military veterans.

"Maybe say thanks for your service. But I would actually encourage  you to maybe say something else. Tell a veteran: Never forget. When you say 'never forget to a veteran, you are implying that as an American, you are in it with them. Not separated by some imaginary barrier between civilians and veterans but connected as grateful fellow Americans."

"And never forget those we lost on 9/11, heroes like Pete's father."

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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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This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


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