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The Joy of Sox

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Nonprofit Overview

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

6 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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Nector530

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

1 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!

1

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.

2 egkanaras

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Previous Stories
1

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

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.

2

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!

1 Gerald7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Such a small thing that we all take for granted makes such a big difference in people's lives. Thanks for providing us with the opportunity to make a difference!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's is an honor to be associated with The Joy of Sox and Mr. Tom Costello, Founder & "Chief Sock Person". Following the Fox & Friends story with Erin Bertel, I reached out to Tom to explore the possibilities of working together to help the 150 homeless veterans living in the woods along the tourist corridor in Kissimmee Florida. A few weeks later Tom and I got together for a lunch of catfish at an old fish camp and it wasn't long before I knew that Tom Costello was a very good man, a man of integrity and a man with the business acumen to lead The Joy of Sox to fulfill its mission of simply providing socks to the homeless - everywhere.




3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What I love about this nonprofit is the simplicity of its mission and the obvious need, once you think about it. I am like Tom in that I'd never thought of socks as a critical need for people on the street, but once you think about it it is a no-brainer.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Incredible organization that meets such an important immediate need!