Socks for the Homeless at St. John’s Hospice

Rachel Matsuo (L) and Tracy McGuckin, volunteers for the nonprofit The Joy of Sox, handing out new socks to those experiencing homelessness at St. John's Hospice in Philadelphia.
Rachel Matsuo (L) and Tracy McGuckin, volunteers for the nonprofit The Joy of Sox, handing out new socks to those experiencing homelessness at St. John’s Hospice in Philadelphia.

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 created as an outreach ministry to serve and assist the poor and homeless in the community. They continue to provide crucial, life-sustaining services with dignity, respect and compassion to homeless men in Philadelphia.

One item that they need, and The Joy of Sox has is new socks. The photo shows Rachel Matsuo (L), a junior at Villanova University, and Tracy McGuckin handing out new sock as some men come into St. John’s for lunch. As volunteers they handed out around 275 pairs of new socks to very grateful individuals.

According to McGuckin, many recipients smiled when handed a pair of socks and said, “Bless you.” She continued, “it was a very moving experience.”

Helping others help others is what The Joy of Sox does. In this case they were helping St. John’s help those who came in for a hot meal.

About The Joy of Sox.  The Joy of Sox® is a Philadelphia-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission of giving joy to those experiencing homelessness by giving them new socks.  Their vision is to be the best sock charity in the United States, and to every person experiencing homelessness in America six pairs of new socks every year.  Founded in 2010 they have given over 277,600 pairs of new socks  – over a quarter of a million pairs! – to those experiencing homelessness in 33 states and five countries.  For more information please visit www.TJoS.org.

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