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This mom could run a master class on how to react when your kid comes out as gay.

'I love you no matter what in the world. Don’t you know that?'

Sitting at his family's dining room table, terrified and jittery, Matthew Christian was about to tell his mom a big secret.

He was about to come out as gay.

GIF via Matthew Christian/YouTube; USA Today.


In a tear-jerking video Matthew posted online about six years ago — though the video has just recently gone viral — you can almost feel the pain and dread on the then 19-year-old's face through the screen.

Fortunately for Matthew, his mom, Robin, did a terrific job handling the news.

First off, Robin made it clear before her son even uttered a word that she has his back, no matter what.

"There’s nothing you could tell me that I would never stop loving you for, hon," she told him. "You know that."

GIF via Matthew Christian/YouTube; USA Today.

When he finally told her, she immediately reassured Matthew that he had nothing to apologize for.

"I'm sorry," Matthew sobbed into his mom's shoulder.  

“Don’t be sorry, silly!" Robin replied, hugging her son tightly.

GIF via Matthew Christian/YouTube; USA Today.

"Don’t be sorry, don’t be sorry," she reiterated. "I love you no matter what in the world. Don’t you know that?"

When Matthew told her he hadn't told his friends yet, she had the perfect piece of advice.

"Do your friends know?" she asked him.

He tearfully shook his head.

"If they’re your real friends, they won’t care," she said. "OK?"

GIF via Matthew Christian/YouTube; USA Today.

Even though the video is six years old, the timeless display of love between a vulnerable child and an adoring mom is still as relevant as ever.

"I have received messages from people all over the world telling me their stories and what my video has meant to them," Matthew, now a 25-year-old college graduate with plans to go to medical school, told Pink News. "So while the response has been a lot to take in, knowing that the video has reached so many people and achieved what I was hoping it would has made it all worth it."

GIF via Matthew Christian/YouTube; USA Today.

There are plenty of resources online for parents of LBGTQ kids who want to make sure they respond to their child's coming out in a positive and supportive way.

A good thing to keep in mind, Robin told USA Today, is that your child is "still your child." She noted, "It doesn't change who they are."

Watch the powerful video of Matthew's coming out below:

All images provided by Bombas

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.

via UNSW

This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


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