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