WAYNE, Pa. (CBS) –  Tom Costello Jr. was volunteering at a homeless shelter when a podiatrist told him the needy men and women there suffered from a lot of foot-related problems because so few of them had socks.

Costello says most people who donate clothes usually forget about feet:

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“What do you do when your sweater wears out, well you give it to Goodwill or to the church. What about your socks? When they’re worn out, I threw them away, so you’ll find out the homeless have a lot of opportunity for coats, jackets or sweaters, but they don’t get any socks.”

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He’s started the www.thejoyofsox.org to raise money to buy or to receive donations of new footwear for the homeless.

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Reported by Lynne Adkins, KYW Newsradio