Our Mission

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Our mission is simple…to provide joy to the homeless with new socks. We started in Philadelphia and have provided new socks for the homeless all across the United States. The Joy of Sox does three things: 1. Collects and purchases new socks In trying to raise awareness for the homeless, we conduct sock drives in […]

How we got started


A few years ago, Tom Costello Jr, founder and Chief Sock Person, and his wife were volunteering at a soup kitchen in Philadelphia.  Here is the story Tom tells about that day that lead to the formation of  The Joy of Sox® with the mission of simply providing socks for the homeless. I was really homelessphobic […]

Stories from the streets


Moose, Will, Nate, Eric, and the Man on Crutches and many others all have stories to tell about socks.  On this page we’ll relate stories from street about the importance and necessity of socks for the homeless. Send in your stories. You are encouraged to sent in your stories from the streets.  Please use the […]

Why socks?

Tom Costello Jr explaining  "why socks" to a shelter worker.

Tom Costello Jr explaining “why socks” to a shelter worker.

There are several reasons why the homeless desperately need new socks:

  • People very rarely donate new socks to the homeless
  • The number one needed clothing article is new socks
  • Numerous health problems


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Our Reach

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    Sock Angels

    There are many people in the Philadelphia area and across the country who have collected socks, run sock drives or in general have helped with our mission of providing new socks for the homeless. We don’t call these people helpers, we call them “Sock Angels.” So if you’re interested in becoming a “Sock Angel” in your […]

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    Sock Drives

    Conducting sock drives is a fun activity and a great way to both raise awareness of the plight of the homeless and the problems they have from not having new socks. Sock drives can be held in your school, church, workplace, favorite store…or anyplace. We have found that various classes, grades or departments can get […]

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    Who We’ve Helped

    Organizations Benefiting from The Joy of Sox Afghanistan Some Marine installation (location unknown) Arizona Tucson – MAN Tucson California Los Angeles – Delancy Street Foundation Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz Coalition Maryland Baltimore – Back on My Feet Massachusetts Boston – Back on My Feet Boston – Bridge Over Troubled Water Cambridge – Youth on […]

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    Happy Toes

    The goal of our 1.2 Million Happy Toes Initiative – Philadelphia is to provide one pair of new socks ever month to every homeless person around the Philadelphia area. The name comes from, and this takes some math so bear with us, the fact that there are approximately 10,000 homeless in Philadelphia and the surrounding […]

Contact info

Our mailing address is
The Joy Of Sox®
580 Lindsey Dr., Ste 150
Radnor, PA 19087-2339 USA
Our phone numbers are
610-688-3318 office
610-788-2133 fax
To send an email click here


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