Villanova University helps The Joy of Sox provide new socks for the homeless

For the 2016 St Thomas of Villanova Day of Service the university’s women’s field hockey team helped The Joy of Sox® with a special project (pictures below).  The Joy of Sox is a nonprofit with the simple mission… Read More

Socks for the Homeless at St. John’s Hospice

Helping others help others. That’s what The Joy of Sox® is great at doing. St John’s Hospice, established in 1963, is a facility in Philadelphia that provides meals, support and housing for men experiencing homelessness. St. John’s was… Read More

Guidestar’s Platinum Level for The Joy of Sox

The Joy of Sox, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, that provides new socks to those experiencing homelessness earned the 2018 Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit… Read More

Peace and Justice with Socks

An observation by Tom Costello, Jr. Chief Sock Person & Founder The Joy of Sox Earl did not talk about politics, or tragedies. He wanted to talk about Villanova basketball. He wanted to talk about turning his life… Read More

NJ Sen. Bateman’s “Socks for the Homeless Day” Resolution Passed by Committee

A resolution sponsored by Senator Kip Bateman designating February 14 of each year as “Socks for the Homeless Day” has been approved by the Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee. “Most of us take for granted… Read More

The Joy of The Season with New Socks for the Homeless

The New World Group (NWG) is a remarkable marketing company. Not only do they excel in in positioning strategies and brand identity they also give back to the community. For 2017, The Joy of Sox (TJoS) – a… Read More

Santa Ana Homeless Get Hundreds of New Socks Thanks to a Villanova Intern for The Joy of Sox®

Santa Ana homeless get hundreds of new socks thanks to Joy of Sox intern and team of volunteers. Ken Steinhardt, of The Orange County (CA) REGISTER covered the sock pass out that Eliza Clark orchestrated. Eliza Clark of… Read More

The Joy of Sox Earned 2017 TOP NONPROFIT Award From Great Nonprofits

The Joy of Sox® would like to extend a really special thanks to all of their fans, donors, interns, sock angels, volunteers, and board members who helped them earn this very prestigious award.  The award is special because… Read More

One Million Warm Dry and Happy Toes Challenge for the Homeless™ by The Joy of Sox

One million is a BIG number…a really BIG number. But that’s the number of toes that the nonprofit The Joy of Sox® hopes to make warm, dry and happy as a result of a mailing campaign that was… Read More

August 2017 Newsletter – The Joy Of Sox

The August 2017 newsletter for The Joy of Sox® has been published and features four short sections about how they are providing new socks for the homeless. The first section of “What’s Goin’ On” talks about their global… Read More

New Storage Facility for The Joy of Sox

The Joy of Sox® recently consolidated all its inventory of new socks into one location in King of Prussia, PA.  The nonprofit, who gives new socks to the homeless, needed the additional space to store their sock donations… Read More

Sock Emoji Adopted by The Joy of Sox

There are emoji for lots of thing like ⚾️ baseballs and🎈 balloons.  And coming soon is an … emoji for SOCKS. So The Joy of Sox, as an Official Bronze Sponsor, adopted the Socks Emoji.  The socks emoji… Read More

Map of places The Joy of Sox has sent new socks for the homeless

What do London, UK, San Diego, CA, Charleston, SC, New York, NY, Bear, DE and Gambell, Alaska all have in common? They are all places that The Joy of Sox® have recently sent new socks for the homeless… Read More

People Magazine’s PeopleNow Features The Joy of Sox’s Tom Costello Jr

People Magazine’s PeopleNow ran a human interest story for their hometown hero segment about Tom Costello Jr and The Joy of Sox. The story consisted of an article by Cathy Free and a short TV interview via Skype… Read More

Some Facts about New Socks for the Homeless

Why new socks for the homeless?   If you were asked what do you do with your old clothes when they wear our, or go out of style, like most people you’d probably say you donate them.  But what… Read More

Top Rated Nonprofit Award for The Joy of Sox

The Joy of Sox®, was just awarded TOP-RATED NONPROFIT for 2016 by GreatNonprofits!!  “This is really awesome,” says Tom Costello Jr, founder and Chief Sock Person.  He continues, “This would not be possible if it weren’t for our… Read More

Improved website security – HTTPS and Green Lock

The Joy of Sox®, a nonprofit that provides new socks for the homeless, recently upgraded the security on its website.  Their site, TheJoyOfSox.org, now has HTTPS and a GREEN padlock in the address bar! What does this mean… Read More

The Joy of Sox received GuideStar’s Gold Participation level

This is really a great thing! Today The Joy of Sox received the GuideStar Exchange’s Gold Participant level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc, the premier source of nonprofit information.  This level demonstrates The… Read More

The Joy of Sox and JeffHOPE at Our Brothers Place

The mission of The Joy of Sox is to give joy to the homeless by giving them new socks.   On Thursday March 3rd Tom Costello, Jr, founder and Chief Sock Person, made another deliver of new socks to… Read More

Socks for Needle Exchange Program for Homeless and Needy

What a way to start the New Year!  The Joy of Sox®, a nonprofit that gives joy to the homeless by giving them new socks, donated 1,916 pairs of new socks on January 2nd to Prevention Point and… Read More

Year end metrics

Since the mission of The Joy of Sox is to give joy to the homeless by giving them new socks I thought I’d share some of the metrics involved in doing this. 162,393 – Pairs of new socks… Read More

Want to really help the homeless this holiday season? Donate new socks!

Want to really help the homeless this holiday season? Donate new socks!  They’re among the most needed items at shelters. This is a very nice article by Michelle Woo of Reddit’s Upvoted.  Thanks so much Michelle! “Being without… Read More

Sometimes socks can be more important than food

This is true.  There are many soup kitchen and food pantries available of those on the streets.  But there are no place to get new socks.  That’s the niche we fill. Kiwi says it best… “Hello, my name… Read More

Map of places The Joy of Sox has sent new socks for the homeless

We just published a map of the places The Joy of Sox has sent new socks for the homeless.  This is a new tool for us and we realize that it may not be completely accurate. So if… Read More

The Joy of Sox Honored as Top-Rated by GreatNonprofits

This is really awesome!!  And a very special thanks to all our board members, donors, volunteers and clients who helped make this possible. The Joy of Sox® Honored as 2015 TOP-RATED Nonprofit By GreatNonprofits.org The Award is Based… Read More

Sock Drive Season is Here (new socks for the homeless)

SOCK DRIVE SEASON is here (actually the homeless need new socks year round). In a survey The Joy of Sox® conducted in Denver they found that new socks are the number one item asked for at shelters.  And… Read More

Socks for the Homeless sent to Oklahoma and Florida by The Joy of Sox

Oklahoma and Florida. The Joy of Sox just shipped new socks for the homeless to Oklahoma and Florida. This distribution was a result of the exposure they received on Fox & Friends recently. To date, The Joy of… Read More

JeffHOPE and The Joy of Sox – a partnership helping the homeless

JeffHOPE and The Joy of Sox – a partnership helping the homeless Since two vital things the homeless need are medical care and new socks the partnership of JeffHOPE and The Joy of Sox really makes a positive… Read More

Fox & Friends and The Joy of Sox

WOW! Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Fox & Friends did a super job with the Erin Bertel and The Joy of Sox® story (Friday July 10 8:20 am). The emotional video clip shows the story of Erin and what happened when… Read More

Ten facts about socks, feet and homelessness

We are very grateful to Jennifer J. Spector, DPM, FACFAS  (Cafengiu Podiatry and Sports Medicine, Marlton, NJ) for providing us with this feet and socks fact list.   It was originally written for The Joy Of Sox® to… Read More

150,483 pairs of new socks for the homeless by The Joy of Sox

150,483.  That’s the amazing number of pairs of new socks that The Joy of Sox® has donated to the homeless and needy in the past four years. So a very special thanks TO all our sock angels and… Read More

Meet Erin Bertel

I’d like you to meet our Chief Sock Angel – Erin Bertel. Now I’m not a big fan of listing accomplishments like items on a résumé, but in Erin’s case it might be the only way to do… Read More

North Dakota Proclamation Socks for the Homeless Day February 14

North Dakota Governor, Jack Dalrymple, signed a Proclamation that February 14, 2105 (Valentine’s Day) is Socks For The Homeless Day in North Dakota. The proclamation notes that North Dakota’s homeless population nearly doubled from 2012 to 2013 and… Read More

Sock Sorting for MLK Day of Service at Cabrini College

5,804 pairs of new socks for the homeless were sorted and packed by students of Cabrini College, Radnor, PA for The Joy of Sox.  It  was a great event as about 20 students separated thousands of pairs of… Read More

FAQ About New Socks for the Homeless

Since we frequently get questions about new socks for the homeless we decided to include our handout here. Click on this link to view/print “FAQ About New Socks for the Homeless.”

Shopping on Amazon can support The Joy of Sox

Imagine – whenever you buy almost anything on Amazon they automatically make a donation to The Joy of Sox! This is really cool – and a great way to support new socks for the homeless simply by shopping…. Read More

Socks can be more important than food (for the homeless)

Did you know that new socks can be more important than food for the homeless?   Here’s a 2:25 audio clip of “Socks can be more important than food.”  Tom Costello Jr, founder and Chief Sock Person, for… Read More

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit by Great Nonprofits

A really special thanks to all of our supporters and fans who helped us earn this very cool award.  The award is special because only a small percentage of nonprofits get the Top-Rated rating. According to the certificate:… Read More

Villanova Day of Service Delivers New Socks to the Homeless

Do college students care? Well the students at Villanova University definitely do!! 7,488 pairs of new socks!  That a lot of socks – almost enough to give every homeless man, woman and child in the Philadelphia region one… Read More

Socks to Anchorage Alaska

New warm socks for cold feet!  One of our volunteers was headed to Alaska and heard about an event at the Downtown Soup Kitchen in Alaska. They were having a Salmon event and also requesting donations of new… Read More

Comcast Newsmakers and The Joy of Sox

Our friends at Comcast were nice enough to invite us back on Newsmakers.  A very special thanks to Jen Boyette, Comcast’s Governemnt Affairs Manager, and Jill Horner, on-air host, for allowing me to tell our story about providing… Read More

Comcast NewsMakers – The Joy of Sox (for the homeless) – Pres Bush (41)

Comcast graciously had Tom Costello Jr  on their Comcast Newsmaker program for the Philadlephia region (again).  But this time it was to talk about a sock donation from a very special person…President George Bush (41)! The show, hosted… Read More

President Bush (41) donates socks to The Joy Of Sox for a fundraiser for the homeless

This is amazing! President George Bush (41), who is known for wearing unusual socks, donated a new pair of socks in support of our mission. We hope to auction them off and raise lots of money. The pair… Read More

The Joy of Sox earns Top-Rated Nonprofit from GreatNonprofits

This is really super!  The Joy of Sox recently qualified for a 2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit Award. The award, from GreatNonprofits.org, is a great honor that is given less than 10% of eligible nonprofits. A special thanks to all… Read More

The Joy of Sox earns GuideStar’s Silver Seal

This is really a great thing! Today The Joy of Sox received the GuideStar Exchange’s Silver Participant level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc, the premier source of nonprofit information.  This level demonstrates The… Read More

ComcastNewsmakers features The Joy of Sox

Comcast graciously had Tom Costello Jr on their ComcastNewsmaker program for the Philadlephia region.  The show, hosted by Laura Jones and arranged by Jen Boyett, runs 4:30 and allowed Tom to answer some questions about The Joy Of… Read More

WORLD RECORD new sock distribution to the homeless

A WORLD RECORD number of new socks were distributed recently to the homeless of the Philadlephia area. 15,120 pairs of new socks were sorted, packed and distributed to 28 homeless shelters in the Philadlephia area!! With the cold… Read More

Comcast Community Cares Days helps us get new socks for the homeless

It’s great to see a large corporation like Comcast give back to the community.  And we were very fortunate to benefit from their sense of corporate social responsibility. The service center in Aston, PA held a sock drive… Read More

The Joy of Sox awarded the e-Chievement Award by eTown for their work providing new socks for the homeless

The Joy of Sox® was honored with eTown‘s prestigious e-Chievement Award® last week in Boulder, CO.  Nick and Helen Forster, founders of eTown, made the presentation to Tom Costello, Jr , Chief Sock Person. The award is periodically given to… Read More

Order of Eastern Star holds sock hop to benefit the homeless and The Joy of Sox

The Order of Eastern Star held a sock hop in Valley Forge, PA.  Members were asked to bring new socks for the homeless to benefit the nonprofit The Joy Of Sox. Rowinea (Ro) Wooten was co-chair of the… Read More

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