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 new socks for the homeless!!  

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 by Laura Jones and arranged by Jen Boyett, runs about 4:30 and allowed Tom to talk about …

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 of socks were beautifully framed (see photo top) and includes the note card from the President (see …

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 our donors, board members and volunteers who helped, and continue to help, make us a get nonprofit! …

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 Joy of Sox’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability. We have worked hard to showcase our …

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 earlier in the year and to our surprise the Comcast Foundation recently sent us a nice donation to …

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 selected nonprofits based on the criteria of  “Celebrating those who are making a positive difference in their …

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 event for the Deborah Grand Chapter and did a spectacular job organizing their event. Over 400 pairs …

The way we think about charity is wrong – rethinking nonprofit fundraising

Why, in the for-profit world can a company spend tons on marketing and advertising in order to make tons on their product, yet… in the nonprofit world it is almost considered criminal if they even say the words marketing and advertising? Below is a great TED talk given by Dan Pallotta that addresses the “discrimination” …

GuideStar Exchanges's Bronze level of participation for The Joy of Sox

The Joy of Sox earns Guidestar’s Bronze Seal

This is really a great thing! Today The Joy of Sox received the GuideStar Exchange’s Bronze Participant level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc, the premier source of nonprofit information.  This level demonstrates The Joy of Sox’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability. We have worked hard to …

New York State Resolution – Socks for the Homeless Day

The New York State Legislature passed a Resolution declaring February 14th, Valentine’s Day, as Socks for the Homeless Day. This is really cool…and important.  Why important?  Well most people are generous between Thanksgiving and the end of the year.  But come the new year donations come to an abrupt stop. The idea of the resolution …

Wrong (and very low) Number of Homeless Reported by HUD

According to Kathy at the Hospitality Center in Norristown, PA they served between 1,000 – 1,200 distinct clients at their shelter in the last year. Yet according to HUD’s 20111 Point in Time Estimate of Homeless (12/2011), page 21,  there are only 410 homeless in the Norristown area. What’s wrong with this picture?? What’s wrong …

PHL17’s Steve Highsmith & Tom Costello Jr – The Joy of Sox (new socks for the homeless)

PHL17’s Steve Highsmith interviewed Tom Costello Jr, Chief Sock Person at The Joy of Sox on the station’s InFocus show. Steve and Tom talked about The Joy of Sox’s mission of providing new socks for the homeless. The video is about 26 minutes so you will probably not look at the entire clip, but perhaps …

ADP offices across the USA donate new socks

ADP, the national payroll, human services & benefits company is great!! Donation of new socks have been received from all across the United States including their offices in: St. Louis, MO Westerville, OH Indianapolis, IN Bloomington, MN Scottsdale, AZ Chicago, IL Chandler, AZ Dearborn, MI Independence, OH Thank you so much ADP for helping make …

Crozer-Keystone Health System donates new socks for the homeless

Crozer-Keystone Health System donates new socks for the homeless.  Juliette Turturro, one of our board members contacted Katrina Stier, PR Manager at Crozer, and made arrangements for them to conduct a sock drive. 394 pairs of new socks for the homeless were collected and will be distributed to shelters in the region.  The photo is …

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church invites The Joy of Sox to talk during services

Rev. Chris Bishop, Pastor of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Radnor, PA had these nice words to say about Tom and The Joy of Sox. “Today I had one of those spine-tingling moments, when you see or hear something that sparks a deep recognition of another’s humanity and unexpectedly shakes your world. I met with Tom …

Villanova University Day of Service 8,299 pairs of socks for the homeless

Seventy three Villanova University student athletes from the women’s field hockey and men’s soccer teams participated in the University’s Day of Service by sorting, boxing and inventorying 8,299 pairs of new socks!! And later in the afternoon student leaders delivered 2,024 pairs to several shelters in the Philadelphia area! This was truly a wonderful event …

Main Line Media News covers sock sorting event

Main Line Media News’s Alan Thomas stopped by at a recent sock sorting, pairing, packaging event.  He talked to a lot of people and took a lot of pictures. And his story got published!  Front page! Click here to read the story. Thanks Alan and all the volunteers who made the event possible!!

Radnor21’s Sam Strike interviews Tom Costello Jr

Sam Strike, host of Radnor21’s Radnor Patch, interviewed Tom about his nonprofit The Joy of Sox.  Afterwards Tom said that the experience was great, although he doesn’t see any expectations of an oscar nomination. He also thanked Sam, who made a personal donation of a bag of new socks.  Thanks Sam!!

Website Back

After a few days for frustration our website is back up.  Not yet 100%, but almost there! A big THANK YOU to all who helped get us back on line.  But an even BIGGER thank you to our friends, volunteers and website viewers for your patience while we were offline!

Press Release: Former High School Dropouts Give Back By Holding Bar-B-Que for the Homeless…and Socks!

Contact: Tom Costello, Jr. Phone: 610-688-3318 Email:  Tom@TheJoyOfSox.org     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Former High School Dropouts Give Back By Holding Bar-B-Que for the Homeless YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School Students Serving up Hot Dogs and…Sock! PHILADELPHIA, PA-May 12, 2011  ” What motivates out-of-school youth in Philadelphia to go back to school to earn a diploma? …

Villanova Alumni Magazine runs story on The Joy of Sox (socks for the homeless)

This is really humbling.  My undergraduate alma mater, Villanova University included my nonprofit, The Joy of Sox, in their Spring 2011 issue on service. What started out as an attempt to help out at a soup kitchen in Philly has really taken off.  And I’d like to thanks Father Peter for the introduction, and Mercedes …

Sock pairing party at Shir Ami Congregation nets 853 pairs for the homeless

Tonight we had a really nice event – a sock sorting party at the Shir Ami Congregation in Newtown, PA.  The event was organized by Gail Rose, and among the adult helpers that agreed to be photographed, were Rachel and Holly. The amazing thing was that 18 or so “energetic” third graders, and a handful …