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The company Mitscoots is working to provide the homeless of Austin with proper footwear through a policy of buy one give one.

On any given night, there are more than 23-hundred homeless people sleeping on Austin streets. Mitscoots tries to help them by donating a pair of their socks every time somebody buys one.

The co-founder of the company, Tim Scott, found through volunteering with the homeless that one of the greatest needs was for fresh socks.

However, that is not all they do for the homeless of Austin.

Many of the people they hire are currently or have previously been homeless.

When I'm living in the woods I feel freer," said William Langley who is homeless. "I feel closer to god than I every have in my life at any time anywhere. It's just freedom , you don't have to answer to anyone you just have to do what you do to survive for that day and a lot of people they stay homeless just because of that reason."

Only now at nearly 60-years-old, he has a lot of health issues, and needed more stability. So he started packaging socks for Mitscoots. They hire people like him every few weeks to really help those who need it most.

"It means that it takes a little more time, training is a little harder, it means that we have to have the right type of structure so that it's good for who we work with and who we're trying to help, but it is a thousand times more rewarding," said co-founder Tim Scott.

Aside from hiring the homeless, for every pair of socks purchased, somebody in need gets an equal quality pair.

Langley told FOX 7 that a clean pair of socks can make all the difference.

"You go in a shelter at night , they throw you out at 5:30 in the morning," Langley explained. "You can't go back until 7:30 or 8:30 o'clock at night. So what do you do? You walk."

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