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.
As a nonprofit professional at a university, I've come into contact with the Joy of Sox many times. Our students have been volunteering with their amazing program: providing socks--a simple necessity--for the homeless. Through their volunteer work, they've had the opportunity to learn administrative and organizational skills, to engage with other volunteers, and to spend time with the homeless.
Knowing of their depth of experience in programming, I decided to look into their governance and financials. They are a well-run organization, with a depth of knowledge in their board and volunteers that helps me to understand how they are managed and trust what they do.
We have been working with Tom and the team at The Joy of Sox since they started! They have been so organized from the start. We volunteer at a homeless shelter once a month in Philadelphia and each month we give the men 3 pairs of socks each. They are so very appreciative of something fresh. The Joy of Sox makes that happen! Whenever we need socks we call Tom and can stop and get a box. We have also been able to run sock drives with our kids and get the community involved. Such a great idea. The homeless really appreciate the fresh new socks. We work with other small non profits and can say that The Joy of Sox is one of the best!
In such a seemingly simple way, the Joy of Sox transforms lives. People who need socks are indeed overjoyed at the gift of pairs of socks to comfort aching feet. People who learn of the Joy of Sox, its mission, and its accomplishments begin to see the world differently, enter into relationship with people who are experiencing poverty and/or homelessness, and begin to work to provide direct assistance to those who need it.
This year was our first sock drive in our school, Williamsburg Charter High School in Brooklyn, NY, and it was a huge success with the help of one of our senior class advisory. They took their time in promoting the idea for a month and at the end collected over 250 pairs. We will continue to have it yearly.
During these challenging times when my faith in people and institutions needs restoring, I find The Joy Of Sox. Brilliant In its simplicity and admirable for its effective execution, there is much to celebrate about this important and often overlooked form of help for the homeless. The organization's quiet, unassuming chief sox person, Tom Costello offers a strong source of hope to those like me who sometimes find it difficult to maintain hope these days. I encourage everyone to support Tom's vision of new sox for every homeless person in this region and beyond. And whether you provide financial support, give time as a volunteer or do both, let The Joy Of Sox help you experience the joy of being a part of something you can believe in.
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The Joy of Sox is a great reminder that a simple idea is all it takes to change lives and impact an entire community.
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!
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!
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.
One of the best organizations to support. What a great mission to provide socks for the homeless.
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!
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.
"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!
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!
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.
"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.
So much so that I'm joining them ―in any way I can ―to expand this wonderful mission everywhere it is needed!
I volunteer my time at homeless shelter on a weekly basis, and one of the biggest requests from the residents is whether we have socks available to give away. The Joy of Sox always keeps us stocked with socks! Myself and the residents of the shelter couldn't be more thankful!
Working with Joy of Sox has been a highlight of my year. Their mission is unique and essential. Tom is passionate about his work and is eager to help anyone and everyone in need.
I have had the opportunity to attend sock deliveries recently. It was so heart warming to see the love, gratitude and happiness in the eyes of those receiving socks. They people are eager to talk with you and visit. They express their deep gratitude in something so simple as socks. It makes me reflect on the things I take for granted.
Thank you Joy of Sox for giving myself and many others an opportunity to help those in need! I am excited to continue my work!
Such an amazing charity to work with. They go above and beyond in every aspect. I'm very excited to see what the future holds for this non-profit.
The Joy of Sox is a very lean organization that does one essential thing...provides socks to the homeless, both in our greater Philadelphia area and nationwide.