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.
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.
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.
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!