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Usually the best part about getting a pizza delivered is ... the pizza.

Is there anything more beautiful? Photo by Brendan C/Flickr.


For 76-year-old Lee Haase, the best part was who delivered his.

It was pizza delivery driver Angela Nguyen who showed up at his address in Ham Lake, Minnesota, with a pizza one day. I don't think she was expecting the interaction they were about to have.

Photo by Ivory Hecker/KARE 11.

"Lee has told me that he's pretty much given up on life," she told KARE 11.

His son had died in a tragic accident. His home had been destroyed in a storm and was now unlivable. He was alone on his property, in extreme poverty, in a 12-foot camper that had no heat, no running water, and no way to shower or relieve himself.

He was confused, and most troubling, he had no plan for the approaching chilly winter months.

Angela talked to him about his circumstances and left his property that day with an entirely different mission than when she arrived.

Photo by Ivory Hecker/KARE 11.

"Living in this trailer with no heat, no sanitation whatsoever — he has no toilet — no water, nothing, is not acceptable to me," she said.

When she got home, she decided to spread the word. She launched a GoFundMe page with hopes that maybe people in the area would like to know about their fellow community member and help out if possible.

She wrote on the page, "I don't know Lee too well personally, but what I do know is he's kind, likes bluegrass music and used to love to fish. If you can help thank you. If not can you please pray?"

They delivered.

A look at Angela's GoFundMe page. The whole story is there.

In just one month, members of the community not only answered her request, they went the extra mile. More than $30,000 was raised, and hopefully even more is to come.

They all care about fellow Minnesotan Lee Haase, regardless if they know him. That's evident immediately from the comments: Strangers keep popping up with mentions of extra storage units, space heaters, blankets, groceries, gift cards — you name it. They all want to help.

The response has been so overwhelming, the new goal is to build Lee an actual home.

"It's hard to explain [how I feel]," said Lee. "Just pretty awesome."

A home!

To think, the goal started with Lee trying to eat dinner and ended with an entire community rallying around him to help him live a more comfortable, humane life.

One of the comments on the fundraising page reads, "God bless you for starting this, Angela. We need more people like you in the world."

We do need more Angelas in the world, and I think we have them. When we take time to look up once in awhile and think outside of ourselves, anything can happen.

This story is beautiful proof. See more of it from KARE 11's segment.

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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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