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What's the best way to spread holiday cheer?

If you ask Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. — er, better known as Snoop Dogg (and temporarily known as Snoop Lion) — the best way to spread holiday cheer is by giving away turkeys to those in need.

...lots and lots of turkeys.


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The rap superstar reached out to the city of Inglewood, California, last year to see how he could give back to the community.

After all, Snoop considers Inglewood — where his production crew is headquartered — his "second home."

The city suggested passing out turkeys to those in need ahead of Thanksgiving. So in 2014, the rapper helped give away 800 birds to families in Southern California, according to the Associated Press.

This year, he raised the bar.

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On Nov. 19, 2015, Snoop helped give away 1,500 turkeys for the holiday.

He also gave away lots of hugs and took photos with fans that showed up.

"Snoop Dogg took pictures with over 800 people at the event," Inglewood Mayor James Butts, who attended along with other city officials, told NBC 4 News.

"We had a tented area for seniors to sit in, and the first thing he did was go over to take pictures with everyone there."

Snoop Dogg said he expects to return every year to give away more turkeys.

Snoop's generosity made a difference for many families who now have a bird to celebrate Turkey Day.

"This is a very big help for not only myself, but for about a thousand people," Xiomara Payan told NBC 4.

She's certainly not the only one.

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.

Not every American family can afford to pull off that traditional Turkey Day meal you see in the movies (and in absurd Thanksgiving stock photos). Turkeys are expensive, after all. And with 20% of Americans admitting to struggling to put food on the table (according to a 2013 Gallup poll), we must remember that hunger doesn't take a break for the holidays.

Snoop Dogg's charitable heart won't solve holiday hunger.

But I imagine it made Thanksgiving a bit brighter for the recipients of those 1,500 turkeys.

Happy Thanksdizzle, everyone.

Check out Snoop Dogg at the Thanksgiving turkey giveaway in the video below:

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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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