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Ellen DeGeneres has announced that she and her wife, Portia de Rossi made the happy decision to bring a kid into their family. 

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The People's Choice Awards.

But, there's a clever twist — they aren't welcoming a kid of the crawling, crying, human, bottle-fed variety. 


They're welcoming an adorable 9-week-old puppy, and they've named him "Kid."

World, meet Portia's and my new puppy, Kid.

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How did the puppy earn his unique name? Thank nosy reporters.

Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The People's Choice Awards.

"There have been rumors forever, 'When are you and Portia gonna have a kid?'" DeGeneres said with a laugh. "So, now I can say we have a Kid. So it can just stop."

While Ellen can joke about their decision on her show, for many women, the frequent pressure to start a family is no laughing matter.

While most women aren't plagued with paparazzi asking about their baby-making plans, the message from the media (not to mention family and friends) remains loud and clear: If you're a woman of certain age, you should probably go ahead and raise a family.

But, data shows that more and more women are choosing to be child-free. In fact 47.6% of women ages 15 to 44 do not have kids, the highest percentage of that figure since the Census Bureau started tracking it in 1976. And while some of those women may eventually elect to have kids, the increase in this figure is worth noting.

Photo by Roberto Faccenda/Flickr.

Even though child-free women are growing in number, women who choose to be child-free are still met with judgment, criticism, and sympathy. As Upworthy's own Doyin Richards wrote in a recent piece, a woman choosing to be child-free doesn't mean she's selfish or that she dislikes kids or that she wants or needs your pity. 

These women are just making the best choice for their situation and for their lives. Imagine that! 

Of course, in some cases, it's not that women without children don't want children. They might be experiencing fertility issues or facing other extenuating circumstances, which can make incessant questions and pressure to have children all the more painful. 

Though Ellen and Portia aren't raising children of their own, adding Kid to the mix gave them a new appreciation for moms everywhere.

And while raising a puppy isn't akin to raising an infant, it's not a walk in the park either. (Unless you're being dragged through the park by a very happy, fuzzy animal.) Because like his namesake, Kid is keeping his moms up at night. 

“He’s nine weeks old and cute as can be, but I’ll tell you what’s not cute is to wake up at 11, and 1, and 3, and 5," the host said on her show. “I’m trying to hold a puppy while I’m trying to make coffee. And I can’t do anything. He doesn’t let me do anything.”

Puppyhood is rough, Ellen. Good thing they're so freaking cute. 

Image via TheEllenShow/YouTube.

Watch Ellen's sweet announcement from Thursday's show.

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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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