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The Joy of Sox

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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Our mission is simple - to provide joy to those experiencing homelessness by giving them new socks.

Results: We have already provided over 277,400 pairs of new socks - that's over a quarter of a million pairs - in the Philadelphia regions, as well as 33 states and five 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

80 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the first time I get to actually work with people that I can see need the help. It's a great feeling. Looking to do more for my fellow humans occupying this planet.

Beth M.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hats off to Tom, Nancy and the Joy of Sox network connecting all of us through work that touches so many across the region and worldwide! What a privilege it is to support your outstanding work! Looking forward to making a difference with you in the coming year!! :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A modest donation to The Joy of Sox enabled this daughter to warm the heart of her (cranky) 80 yr old dad who has ‘a thing’ for socks. Dad doesn’t want or need anything (lucky him!). In 2014, I was inspired by The Joy of Sox & for Dad’s birthday made a modest donation for a year of new socks to a person in need in honor of my dad. Dad got a thoughtful acknowledgement from Chief Sox Elf, Tom Costello which warmed his heart and lit up his smile. A simple pair of new socks brings 2 very different people together with a common bond.
Thanks Joy of Sox for all you do!!

Stephen R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our Cabrini University Residence Life team was overjoyed with our experience serving The Joy of Sox. Not only did 30 students and 6 professional staff have fun, but we all left knowing we had made a significant and meaningful contribution to this organization and those it serves. The Chief Sock Guy Tom came to campus earlier in the day to give an orientation to the volunteers - this really helped set the tone for the work we did later that day. I have since chosen to remain involved with The Joy of Sox because I believe in its mission and vision. I am inspired by Tom and those already involved. Kudos to The Joy of Sox!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My neighbor is a Prince of Sox. He introduced me to this great organization. While I don't have the financial resources to be as generous as I wish I could be, when I do get a little to spare, I get some socks for the cause.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am blessed to know about the Joy of Sox. They provide a necessary and important item for the homeless. They are wonderful people. Thank you for helping those in need. God bless you and the people you help.

1 Michelle Trincia A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A great organization that fulfills such an important need! Our company looks forward to more opportunities to help this organization grow. Tom Costello and his team are amazing, thank you for doing what you do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you Joy of Sox for your continued socks donation to Charity Crossing, Year after year, your socks donations is helping many less fortunate people in the state of Delaware to stay warm during the cold weather.

Sparky R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud for the opportunity to volunteer with this wonderful organization. The Joy of Sox not only collects and gives socks to the homeless but also educates the public on this (often unknown) need. Tom, the founder and Chief Sock Person, is such a passionate advocate for the homeless. Keep up the great work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a volunteer for The Joy of Sox. It is amazing how such a simple item as a new pair of socks is one of the most requested items and can make such a difference for someone experiencing homelessness. Being able to hand someone in need some new socks gives both the recipient and me JOY!

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everything about The Joy of Sox works to uphold the dignity of every person, especially those experiencing homelessness, which is something this world needs. Something as simple as a new pair of sox can make someone feel whole again, and a charity dedicated to filling that need definitely deserves 5 stars.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the Joy of Sox! They are so committed to their process of sharing socks with those experiencing homelessness and spreading the word about the need. Before meeting The Joy of Sox, I had never considered the lack of socks available in this community. The ways this non-profit has been able to make so many people aware should be supported so that they can accomplish their goals and those experiencing homelessness never have to go without socks.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One of the beautiful lessons to be Learned from The Joy of Sox is that is the little things -- like a new pair of socks, that really make a difference to people in need. Another lesson is that it is so easy to meet the need because of the work of The Joy of Sox (JoS). Where once JoS counted its deliveries to the homeless in dozens, it now counts in cases due to the wonderful network of donors it has developed and nurtured. Tom Costello's lazer focus on this one unique need has made all of us believers in the goodness of his vision and admirers of his personal devotion. This is truly an outstanding nonprofit with tangible, measurable impact for the greater good in each community it touches.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Phenomenal growth in the last year,
Phenomenal people involved - from all walks of life.
A tremendous effort to provide a basic need, comfort and a bit of dignity.

The Joy Of Sox deserves "5 stars" and MORE!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with and for this organization is a JOY!

The joy Of Sox keeps growing -- in size (all volunteers!) and numbers -- the numbers of sock collected and distributed!
I've posed here before, but after a year I decided it's all right to brag about how terrific (and talented) the many people associated with the Joy Of Sox are. I am honored and humbled to be in their company.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a grass roots effort to meet an under-recognized need - new, warm, dry socks for our homeless brothers and sisters. It's such a simple concept and yet it makes such a profound difference in the daily lives of those living on the streets. In just a few short years, The Joy of Sox has improved the quality of life for quite literally thousands of people!

1 Jade H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard about this organization when I was browsing through career fair tables in Villanova University. I always have been interested in working for nonprofits and I did not think the career fair would have any of them. Therefore, I went up to talk to Tom, the Chief Sock Person as he calls himself. He told me stories from the street, from the homeless people he met and from all the schools that did socks drives. I was so moved that not only I signed up for the volunteer list but also took on the responsibilities of social media for The Joy of Sox. I cannot stress enough how much Tom has taught me and how much positive impact The Joy of Sox will have on the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Joy of Sox has given me the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives, one pair of socks at a time.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Joy of Sox is a wonderful organization that meets a large - and often ignored - need. The organization has contributed socks for a number of years to our annual coat and winter item drive for low-income immigrants - We are very thankful for their contributions, which have greatly benefited many immigrant families in need.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Joy of Sox does a wonderful job of providing a necessity - clean, new socks for the homeless men and women of Philadelphia. Always responsive, excited to interact with the community.

1 Eliza5

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have loved volunteering with The Joy of Sox. Tom is passionate and motivated to help those experiencing homelessness. I am proud to be a volunteer, intern and board member for such a thoughtful and giving organization. Keep up the great work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2 Tom S.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.