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A high school volleyball team in Hawaii needs equipment. Some middle schoolers in California need new running gear.

All over the country, girls' sports teams are relying on the website DonorsChoose to raise enough money to keep their programs going.

If they fail, these girls might lose access to the only sports available to them.


They might even fall out of athletics entirely.

But there's good news: Thousands of young girls are about to be "Blown Away" by the generosity of one of country music's biggest stars.

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Carrie Underwood recently announced she would shell out over $200,000 toward these fundraising efforts.

She teamed up with Dick's Sporting Goods to fully fund all of the girls' sports causes posted to the site this May.

"Sports were a big part of my life growing up," the pop and country singer (and seven-time Grammy winner!) said in a press release. "So it's important to me that girls across the country have an opportunity to play."

The money is expected to fund about 100 programs across the country and should go a long way toward buying uniforms, equipment, and transportation.

Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT.

The money will no doubt make a big difference. But the message behind the donation might be even more powerful.

Underwood's donation couldn't come at a more crucial time for women's athletics.

Female athletes all over the world are fighting tooth and nail to be taken seriously, to be paidfairly for their performance, and to get the same kinds of resources and support as their male counterparts — not to mention the same amount of respect.

It's imperative we send a message to young girls that sports are for them. After all, participation in sports has been shown to grow skills like teamwork, leadership, and work ethic.

It's awesome to see Underwood using her platform to spread the message. No doubt she believes playing sports as a young girl helped turn her into the success she is today.

Disclaimer: GOOD, which is part of GOOD Worldwide along with Upworthy, has a sponsorship relationship with Dick's Sporting Goods, but we were not paid in any way for this story. (We'll always be up front with you when we are.)

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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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