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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

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Joy of Sox is among the best nonprofit organizations I've worked with. Tom went above and beyond in representing the organization to different groups we were going to interact with and helped us to create a wonderful sock drive. Their website is clear, full of stories and photos and makes engaging the public easy. We used links to The Joy of Sox website extensively while conducting our sock drive and many people told us they learned about the need for socks by visiting that site.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with The Joy of Sox has been a true blessing. It's amazing to be a part of an organization with as much heart as this one. The Joy of Sox addresses the extremely necessary, and yet often overlooked need to provide socks to the homeless. The work this organization does, and the passion and love the organization does it with, makes The Joy of Sox truly extraordinary.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

From the very start, the leadership of this relatively young organization has been willing to push the envelope to serve new clients.
Forty-eight hours before I was to depart for Anchorage, Alaska I mentioned to a friend at The Joy of Sox that i would be attending a fundraiser at Anchorage's Downtown Soup Kitchen (DSK) - and that at the event, the DSK would be collecting gloves and socks for clients. If there is one place in the U.S. where gloves and socks are needed, it's Anchorage.
The next day, The Joy of Sox delivered to my home 89 pair of sox, which I took to Alaska and deposited at the DSK 72 hours later.
The Joy of Sox CARES!

2 Erin91

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From personal experience, I first hand, know the power of a pair of socks. Since discovering The Joy of Sox and speaking with Tom, my life has changed. I am now in a home and showering my community with 100s of socks. A GREAT Nonprofit to support and volunteer with. I am blessed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great non-profit! The people are fantastic, and everyone should get involved.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Joy of Sox is a program meeting fundamental needs for the most marginalized in our societies. Our world would undoubtedly be a better place if each of us perceived human beings with the love and respect that this organization embodies. We each have rights and responsibilities to our brothers and sisters, and The Joy of Sox lives those responsibilities with conviction.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Several years ago I met the "Sock Man" through his wife, Nancy. Hearing Tom's story of how "The Joy of Sox" came about moved my heart. I decided for Christmas I would make a donation to this worthy nonprofit organization as my Christmas present for my family. I even shared his story in my Christmas letter. At another time I volunteered to sort the socks knowing that so many homeless are in need of such a basic simple piece of clothing that I take for granted. Fast forward, this fall I began a new ministry at a Detention Center where I assist in providing hygiene items for the women in which many are brought in off the streets. I connected with Tom asking if he could help me out in providing socks for the women. He didn't hesitate a moment in offering me assistance. Each time I offer a woman a pair of socks, I see a smile of appreciation for a warm pair of socks. I smile, too, in gratitude for the service that The Joy of Sox" provides beyond local neighborhoods to my neighborhood in Baltimore. Sister Kathy Claflin, SSJ

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am doing my 2nd year of post-graduate servoce with Cabrini Mission Corps and at some point last year was introduced to the founder, Tom, through his wife Nancy. Nancy and I both work at the college and once I found out about the great work Tom was doing for some of the most vulnerable and marginalized in our society, I couldn't help but want to learn more. I would like to get more involved, but with graduate school, service, work, and building my community it hasn't been easy. Nevertheless, I will find time to do some small things to help the cause including getting Cabrini College students involved! I hope others do small things too and together we'll make a big difference!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a staff member of St. Thomas of Villanova Parish Community in Rosemont, PA.

We collect socks for the Joy of Sox throughout the year and also have parishioners volunteer with local Joy of Sox events (packaging, phone calls to local agencies, organizing volunteers.)

Our parish volunteers appreciate how their volunteer gifts are utilized and they appreciate the efficiency of this organization. When we do a sock drive - parishioners know that the socks are going to get to people who really need those socks.

Thanks for this opportunity to express my appreciation for this nonprofit that fills a much needed gap in social services.

Libby U.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for The Salvation Army in South Bend IN. We were collecting socks to put in care packages for homeless individuals in our community. Tom called and discussed our needs with me personally, and was willing to ship the donation across the country to us. I've never spoken with anyone who demonstrates such enthusiasm and passion for his chosen service! We were excited to have a great agency partner to help us with filling the needs in our community, and our homeless clients are very grateful for new, warm socks, especially as the weather gets colder.

Donor

Rating: 5

I met the leader and founder, Tom Costello Jr, of The Joy Of Sox, the day I showed up for an Entrepreneur class. He was to be our instructor. Over the length of that class I gained a strong respect for a man that I could tell, was dedicated to this cause. It seems so simple a thing to supply the homeless with socks but no one had been doing it on a large scale. What a great idea was my first thought. I've watched this charity grow from a local beginning to a solid national entity succeeding at their goal. I wish them well and totally support their efforts. I wholeheartedly recommend them and have no qualms about supporting them financially as well as with my well wishes. JohnnyK

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Been working with the Joy of Sox for three years and have enjoyed the partnership. Tom does such a great job educating the volunteers on why the work that they are doing is important. He enjoys celebrating the successes and, at the same time, look for ways to improve the organization. Joy of Sox is a great non-profit!

In Ians Boots

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Joy of Sox is a partner non-profit with us. Our organization, In Ian's Boots, gives shoes and boots to those in need. So many of our clients appreciate the fact that we not only give them a pair of shoes, but thanks to The Joy of Sox, they can also receive a pair or two of socks! Although there are many stories of our clients' thankfulness for both shoes and socks, one particularly comes to mind:

We received an emergency call from the local Salvation Army. One of their residents, a homeless gentleman, was going to get married the following day. The Salvation Army had supplied him with a suit, but he needed shoes. We brought him an almost-new pair of Bostonians and a new pair of men's dress socks courtesy of our stock supplied by The Joy of Sox. Both the Salvation Army and the groom were thrilled! Although they had realized that he needed a suit and shoes, no one thought of socks. This simple gift was the source of great happiness for someone who literally had nothing on his wedding day.

We at In Ian's Boots, truly value our partnership with The Joy of Sox.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Tom a couple of years back when I was still the new priest at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, Radnor PA. Tom came in one Sunday and told his own story of transformation through this sock ministry, and what it has meant to the thousands of sockless folks in our shelters desperately in need of these items. We continue to collect socks every week for Joy of Sox, and always look forward each year to Tom coming to our Maundy Thursday service during Holy Week (the washing of feet). I can not think of another group out there doing good in the world that deserves your recognition more. Peace!

The Rev. Christopher Bishop
St. Martin's Church
Radnor PA
610-688-4830

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Joy of Sox is an organization that is filling a much needed niche for the homeless. Homeless individuals have shared that they are often the recipients of other articles of clothing and for this they are grateful, however, no one thinks of providing them with new socks and new socks are a much needed, much sought after item.
Ever stepped In a puddle on a cold wintry day? It's extremely uncomfortable. What is the first thing you want to do when you get home? Put on a pair of new warm socks! Our homeless brothers and sisters sadly don't have this option. And, cold, wet feet can lead to major podiatric and systemic health problems.
The Joy of Sox is working to ameliorate this suffering by providing homeless shelters with new socks to provide their guests.
New socks are something thing most of the population simply takes for granted. This organization is working to bring the joy of new socks into the lives of the homeless - one pair of socks at a time.

Chris134

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been in the sock business for over twenty years and have always love the fashion business but wanted to make and impact in the lived of others. The Joy of Sox does that! This organization and it's founder make be proud to be a sock professional who can design and develop product for fashion and at the same time make an impact in the lives of those who are living on the street where your feet take a beating.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is the epitome of what began as one person, truly making a difference. I have had the honor of delivering socks, to a number of shelters in our area over the past couple of years. The organizations who benefit from Joy of Sox always comment how this is an item they usually don't receive. Used clothes are donated but what do you do with used socks - they are thrown away. Something so simple, that we take for granted, truly brings great joy & comfort to those in need! I am honored and humbled to see the hard work/dedication of those participating in this program and pray their good deeds will continue for many, many years to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to be able to intern for a semester with The Joy of Sox. Not only is the service provided essential and tangible, but the education element is amazing. I learned not only about homelessness as a phenomenon, but also about general health, health of the homeless, and how something as simple as a new pair of socks once a month can radically improve someone's health. A great experience with a great organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As someone who has helped with publicity for The Joy of Sox since the beginning, I am proud of my affiliation with this outstanding non-profit. Tom is a visionary, and working with him has been a privilege. A lot of non-profits falter by trying to do too many things. The Joy of Sox has one very simple and clear purpose, and makes a direct impact on the homeless population. He makes interacting, donating, and volunteering easy, fun, and rewarding. I would strongly suggest to anyone looking for an opportunity to make a difference to volunteer or donate to The Joy of Sox.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A local parish invited me to speak at their Sunday Masses. Afterwards, Tom Costello approached me and said he would like to help out with the agency I mentioned, Catherine McAuley Center in Scranton, PA. Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy Mid-Atlantic community, this center provides temporary shelter for women and children in crisis and assists women to attain safe, affordable, permanent housing.

Tom and his terrific team provided 1511 pairs of socks that will warm both the feet and hearts of the recipients in Scranton. By providing NEW socks they also help promote the dignity of women, children and men who will gratefully receive them.
Sister Beth Flannery, RSM