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This is the woman who saved the little girl from being abducted yesterday. Show her some love.
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A London woman's incredible instincts and bravery helped save a young girl from being abducted on Tuesday morning. Now, we have a face to connect with the heroic act.

Ashanti, who goes by the name @shansdeya on Twitter, says her little sister, Zian, alerted her to the abduction saying "something was not right."

So Ashanti walked outside in the residential area of Mitcham in south-west London. Where she saw a man walking suspiciously with a young girl.



She followed the man and filmed him until he finally let the young girl go and ran away. Later Tuesday, police arrested a man named Kadian Nelson in nearby Tooting who appears to be the attempted kidnapper.

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Police found the man after the video taken by Ashanti went viral online. The chilling footage shows the kidnapper walking with the little girl held close to his body with his hand over her mouth.

In the video, Ashanti paces the man, demands that he "Let her go" and asks "What are you doing with her?" The man replies, "This is my sister, this is man's family."

"So what are you doing in the corner with her?" she asked and he responded by asking: "Why are you stalking, man?"

But Ashanti didn't believe the abductor and kept on his trail. Doing so put her life at risk but she wouldn't let him run off with the girl. When Ashanti finally reached him, the man let go of the girl and ran away. The young girl was terrified, telling Ashanti, "Thank you. Thank you."

Security footage taken in the area shows the man grabbing the little girl.

After the video went viral, a group of vigilantes searched the neighborhood for the man, eventually making their way to his residence. Police had to tell them to leave the area as to not interfere with the investigation.

People are calling Ashanti a hero, but she says her sister is the one who should be getting all the credit.


"I wish I could thank you all individually, I'm not a hero Im just glad I had the courage to follow through," she wrote on Twitter.

"My little sister is the real hero here, she's 11 years old and was able to notice that something was not right and called me straight away," she added. "Otherwise I wouldn't have been able to save that little girl."

Emma Stevenson has started a Just Giving campaign to reward Ashanti and Zian for their incredible bravery.

"Let's get these girls a reward from our community as a massive thank you," Stevenson wrote on the campaign site. "Who knows what else that poor girl would of gone through it wasn't for the quick thinking and actions of Zian?"

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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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