Give socks to those in need

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By: Steven Martin, Bombas brand ambassador

Did you know that the number one most requested item at homeless shelters is socks? If not, that’s okay because many other Americans don’t either. And until more people know about this need, it will remain that way.

There are a couple things you can do to help out those in need. You could take the route I did and become a sock-tivist. I am a student ambassador for a company named Bombas. Bombas works similar to TOMS where they donate one pair of socks to a homeless shelter for every pair purchased. As an ambassador, my primary goal is to raise awareness of the simple fact that homeless shelters NEED sock donations. Something so simple as socks can make a huge difference in someone’s life. Socks provide comfort, warmth, and happiness and for people going through the struggles of life, these are essential.

Throughout this semester, I have been raising awareness in multiple ways such as table events, information sessions, and walking around campus telling people about the need for socks and recording their reactions to hearing this. For doing all this, Bombas rewards me with free socks straight out of production that I donate to a local shelter of my choice. All of my work goes toward Night Of Peace right here in Baltimore. This shelter is primarily focused to females who recently have become homeless and need help getting back on their feet. Many of these women have children with them, some so young they cant even walk or talk yet. Night of Peace provides residents with basic necessities like food and shelter, but like all other homeless shelters, they too need socks. When I deliver the socks to the shelter, the kids flock around and the mothers’ faces fill up with relief. The feeling is amazing and like no other.

I highly recommend taking some time and going to a local shelter, maybe even Night Of Peace, and see how you can help them. There is nothing better than knowing that you have helped someone less fortunate, someone who is going through struggles, and someone who needs you help to get back up on their feet (wearing some new comfy socks.)

If you’re interested in helping through Bombas, contact me at smarti47@students.towson.edu for information on becoming an ambassador or donation possibilities.

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