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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Our mission is simple - to provide joy to the homeless with new socks.

Results: We have already provided over 190,000 pairs of new socks in the Philadelphia regions, as well as 26 states and three countries.

Programs: Our latest program is the "1,2000,000 Happy Toes Initiative - Philadelphia." This program is to initially provide one pairs of new socks every month to every homeless person in Philadelphia and surrounding areas (including New Jersey and Delaware).

Community Stories

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Eric86

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tom Costello- Chief Sock Person- has done a great job bringing attention to an important and often unnoticed need. People experiencing homelessness often do not have access to clean, dry socks. And without socks people are more prone to develop foot problems that could be prevented... if only they had access to clean socks. The Joy of Sox has raised awareness, while collecting and distributing likely tens of thousand of socks at this point. This with little funding and an all-volunteer staff.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Joy of Sox is a great reminder that a simple idea is all it takes to change lives and impact an entire community.

Paul210

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely wonderful organization that fulfills such an important need for the Homeless.
I have volunteered on several occasions and look forward to more opportunities.
Tom Costello and his team are truly Angels!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an exceptional organization which specifically targets and provides one of the most sought after and appreciated items needed by people experiencing homelessness. By honing in on socks, this organization really maintains a clear focus that makes their mission effective and achievable. Socks are often overlooked as an item of extreme necessity, however lack of fresh socks can lead to serious health concerns, causing an able-bodied person to deteriorate much more quickly than expected. THANK YOU TO THE JOY OF SOX!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I hold socks drives at my school. It's a lot of fun and we service the boneless. This is a great idea and organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently helped to sort socks and deliver them to a homeless shelter. It was very humbling to see the many happy faces as they received their socks.

1 egkanaras

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the best organizations to support. What a great mission to provide socks for the homeless.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a generous and unique way of proving the homeless with something so small that provides need, warm and healthy rewards. Tom has taken a small token and launched into a national cause. It's an easy endeavor that can be undertaken by a first grader donating socks to a child his age, a woman's group or a corporate campaign. I find myself talking about the mission, goals and initiatives at work, with my friends and community-wide. It is always a great feeling to help anyone in need, but this is way too easy and much more gratifying. Keep up the good work and spread The Joy of Sox!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first read about the Joy of Sox I was so surprised that such a simple item as a pair of socks could make such an impact in the lives of the homeless. I am happy to be a volunteer for such an amazing organization that is providing such a valuable need to help so many. The Joy of Sox website provides all the tools for anyone to get involved in many ways. I especially like that children can get involved and understand the importance of this mission. What a great way for them to learn at a young age that they can make a difference in someone's life.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

"It Only Gets Better"

The Joy of Sox continues on an upward trajectory, increasing donations and distributions of sox for those who need them the most. Simply Ah-mazing considering the resources at present. Great things coming from small beginnings... TJOS is hoping to expand into an even greater organization thanks to leadership, volunteers, DONORS and a sharply focused Mission!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I give to TJoS because of the need (it is great), the focus (sox for the homeless -- it's clear and straight-forward!) and because I am impressed by the dedication and the organization of TJoS in meeting this mission!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tom Costello, the leader of the Joy of Sox, is dedicated to improving the lives of others by providing socks for those in need. Committed volunteers who believe in his cause are working to bring joy and hope to homeless men, women, and children throughout the world. I have conducted sock drives in my school and delivered socks to homeless shelters. These experiences have helped me become more aware of others and grateful for the life I have been given.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

"If someone wanted to torture me until I told them a critical piece of information, all they would have to do is get my socks wet. It feels terrible.”―Lemony Snicket

Many non-profits declare they're "grass roots" and built from "the ground up," but The Joy of Sox actually is. Tom Costello and his team of volunteers have created a vital, life-changing distribution network for one of the most basic and oft-neglected needs for anyone, especially those "sleeping rough": crisp, clean, comfortable, socks.

Each pair is offered in love, given to provide comfort and care for each person who receives one (or several, if a friend could use a pair). And each is offered with the knowledge that caring for the feet of those is not only comforting, but also prevents many of the health problems that beset the homeless.

Inspiring?

Yes.

So much so that I'm joining them ―in any way I can ―to expand this wonderful mission everywhere it is needed!