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 …

What does a hello mean for a homeless man? “You gave me dignity”

Yesterday afternoon I was in Philly delivering some socks. I was talking to Gerry at St. John’s Hospice and there was a homeless man, I believe his name was Nate, a few feet away. Nate made eye contact with us.  Gerry said hello and shook his hand.  I said hi and also shook his hand. …

Partnering with JeffHOPE

JeffHOPE is a constellation of student-run free clinics run by Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.  JeffHOPE passionately commits to treating the underserved men, women, and children of Philadelphia, embracing the values of kindness, equality, and excellence. They accomplish this mission by providing free, quality care to all, through student-run clinics; educating their patients on their …

3,550 pairs of socks sorted for the homeless

On Sunday March 19, several volunteers helped organize and sort 3,550 pairs of socks for the homeless.  These socks were recently collected from various school sock drives around the Philadelphia area. The socks were sorted into bags of men’s, women’s and children’s socks.  The children’s socks were sorted for ages 0 – 5 and 6 …

Lots of kiddie socks for Interfaith Hospitality Network

The Interfaith Hospitality Network Main Line, headquartered in Norristown, PA, unites people from different segments of the caring community to work collaboratively to alleviate the suffering of homeless families.  And one of the things they needed, according to Sue Herchek White, Executive Director, was socks. But not just any sock, they wanted socks for children …

Billy Mock Foundation to Match Socks for St. Thomas School Drive

The Billy Mock Foundation is generously supporting The Joy of Sox in a great way. On a previous post we said that St. Thomas The Apostle School in Glen Mills, PA  is holding a sock drive this week.  The sock drive will be to collect socks for homeless children.  Well, the Billy Mock Foundation has …

Our Mother of Consolation School Collects Socks

Next week is Catholic School’s Week in Philadelphia and the students at Our Mother of Consolation School have decided to have a drive to collect socks for the homeless. All students in pre-K through 8th grade will get involved.  The lower grades will collect socks for children, while the upper grades will collect socks for …

YouthBuild Charter School Sorts Socks for Homeless Project

  What a wonderful experience it was to talk to Willa Deitch’s students at the YouthBuild Charter School in Philly yesterday.  There were 13 students in her class. The students were attentive, got involved in the discussion and asked a lot of questions – what a great class! The service project that Willa picked for …

Socks Delivered to Bethesda Project

On the eve of a snow storm in Philadelphia 144 pairs of socks for the homeless were delivered to My Brother’s Place, a homeless shelter of the Bethesda Project. According to their website the Bethesda Project provides, “Emergency shelter and supportive services for over 300 of the city’s most vulnerable homeless population, providing shelter for …

Socks Delivered to St. John’s Hospice

On a cold snow-on-the-ground Sunday we made a sock delivery to St. John’s Hospice in Philadelphia. St. John’s Hospice, according to their website “seeks to be a community grounded in faith and service where homeless persons find dignity, respect, nourishment, and opportunities for new beginnings.” Yesterday there were about 35 men in the shelter being …

Special Certificate for Conducting Sock Drives

The response from schools wanting to conduct sock drives has been overwhelming.  So recently The Joy of Sox has created a Certificate Program.  The program awards a certificate to those schools who have successfully organized and conducted a sock drive. These schools will be recognized on a web page that is being developed.  Meanwhile here …

Number of homeless in the United States

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) publishes a Homeless Assessment Report to Congress.  The number of homeless quoted here are from the report for 2009.  To see the entire 189 page document click here. Homeless in the United States = 643,076 Homeless in Pennsylvania  = 15,096 Homeless in Philadelphia = 5,798 Homeless in …

Medical foot problems for the Homeless

Imagine having to wear the same pair of socks for a month…in the cold…or even in hot weather. Well, according to the Encyclopedia of Homelessness, “Foot problems in homeless people are compounded by long periods of walking and standing, by underlying chronic disease and by lack of proper footwear.  Prolonged standing and walking can lead …

Children’s socks for needy little feet

Another great example of people helping people happened this morning.  In this case it was volunteer children helping sort and pack children’s socks for homeless and needy children. The socks were collected at sock drives conducted at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA and The Montgomery School in Chester Springs, PA. The picture shows Kloe …

Camden Riversharks supports The Joy of Sox

There are so many great people out there who embrace the mission of providing socks for the homeless, including the Camden Riversharks.  The Riversharks are a minor league baseball team in Camden, NJ (just across the Delaware river from Philadelphia. This afternoon I met with Brian Frankowski, Group Account Manager, to discuss how we can …

New The Joy of Sox chapter opens in Alexandria, VA

It is so wonderful that people all over the United States are continuing to  embrace the mission of helping provide socks for the homeless. Ed Ablard, who is very active in the Meade Memorial Episcopal Church asked if we wanted a Chapter in the Alexandria, VA area. Of course we said “Yes!” Ed Ablard and …

Regional The Joy of Sox operation opens in St. Louis, Missouri

It is so wonderful that people all over the United States are embracing the mission of helping provide socks for the homeless. Lisa Martino-Taylor, a Professor of Sociology, at St. Louis Community College-Meramec in St. Louis, MO read about us in The Huffington Post and asked if we wanted a “rep” in the St. Louis …

LaSalle College High School to provide socks for the homeless

Students at LaSalle College High School, in Wyndmore, PA  have a program where students distribute “care packages” directly to the homeless on the streets of Philadelphia. Lew Clark, Director of Campus Ministry, who oversees the program is excited about partnering with The Joy of Sox in being able to offer clean new socks to the …

Youth group in Cambridge (Boston), MA gets socks

The Youth On Fire drop-in center was established in the fall of 2000 to provide a welcoming and non-judgmental environment for homeless and street-involved youth. They have a need for socks for the street youth that they serve.  Recently they contacted The Joy Of Sox and asked for a donation. Ayala, who runs the operation …

Socks sent to help homeless in San Antonio, Texas

Brother Brian and his Resurrection Ministries in San Antonio, Texas were sent a case of socks for the homeless that he ministers to. In San Antonio there are a number of homeless who live under the bridges and overpasses and Brian ministers to that community.  As he said, “It’s starting to get a little cold …

The Joy of Sox joins the Main Line Chamber of Commerce

The Joy of Sox is now an member of the Main Line Chamber of Commerce. Tom Costello Jr, Chief Sock Person, is also active in the Chamber’s Nonprofit Roundtable and is on the Member Value and Education Committees.  On April 15, 2011 Tom will moderate, for the third year, the annual Nonprofit Meet the Lawmakers …

Whole Foods Jenkintown, PA holds sock drive for The Joy of Sox

What a wonderful partnership:  Whole Foods and The Joy of Sox (again).  The Whole Foods Market in Jenkintown, PA decided to have a socks drive for The Joy of Sox. New socks will be collected in the store until January 6th, 2011 and then donated to the homeless in Montgomery County, PA. This is just …

Cradles to Crayons partners with The Joy of Sox

Isn’t it nice when there is synergy?  Well today was another synergy day!  Cradles to Crayons (the giving factory) is a great organizations that collects AND distributes all sorts of clothing, toys, books, etc for children who are aged anywhere from…being in a cradle to using crayons.  What a great place. And it so happens …

Montgomery School holds sock drive for The Joy Of Sox

The Montgomery School a private pre-K through 8th grade school in Chester Springs, PA is holding a sock drive over the next two weeks.  The goal, according to Deb Goggins, Admissions Director, is to collect 1,000 pairs of  socks for homeless children! The school became aware of The Joy of Sox because one of the …

Philadelphia Inquirer covers “sock-sortathon” for The Joy of Sox

Monica Yant Kinney, Metro Columnist, for the Philadelphia Inquirer came to the sock-sortathon at Chestnut Hill College and wrote a great story about the event for the paper. With her journalistic inquisitiveness Monica also interviewed two doctors in Philadelphia to get a better understanding of the fate of the feet of the homeless. Here is …

Local newspaper, Chestnut Hill Local, runs cover story

by Pete Mazzaccaro, Editor, Chestnut Hill Local It was about this time last year that Chestnut Hill College business administration professor Tom Costello knew he had to do something about the socks situation. That’s right. Socks. Costello, despite an admitted reluctance to volunteer his time at St.Vincent de Paul’s Face to Face dining room in …

New Logo

Isn’t it great when people help other people?  Well, The Joy of Socks owes a special thanks to Don Dempsey at Cabrini College for donating his many graphic skills and talents in designing our new logo. And also for having the patience to put up with the “process” of working with us. Thanks again Don!!

Advocacy for the homeless program

Chestnut Hill College, as part of their community involvement program presented an Advocacy For The Homeless assembly for the entire freshman class last week for approximately 300 students. The organizations represented were: St. Francis Inn,  Project H.O.M.E. and The Joy of Sox. St. Francis Inn tries to meet the immediate daily needs of the people …