Episode: Giving Back For the Holidays and Beyond
Air Date: December 26, 2013
For the holiday season, give the gift of warmth! This week on BetterWorldians Radio we’ll talk with two organizations that focus on providing the less fortunate with the things they need to stay warm through the winter. Our guests this week are Tom Costello, the founder of The Joy of Sox, and Carey Palmquist, the Executive Director of Operation Warm. Tom will discuss how he went from a “homeless phobia” to providing over 100,000 pairs of new socks for the homeless. Carey will tell us how, to date, Operation Warm has provided more than a million children with their first new coat to keep them warm. Tune in every week to hear new guests share how they are making the world a better place and to learn how you can become a BetterWorldian!

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Founder, The Joy of Sox
Tom Costello
Tom Costello is the Founder of The Joy of Sox, a Philadelphia-based organization that serves the needs for new socks for the homeless of the Philadelphia region. The Joy of Sox began when Costello found out that people rarely donated new socks to the homeless. Since 2010, The Joy of Sox has distributed more than 115,000 pairs of socks.

Senior Vice President, First Book
Carey Palmquist
Carey Palmquist is responsible for assisting First Book's leadership team execute on new ideas for growth strategy and innovation. Carey joined First Book after 4+ years as Executive Director of Operation Warm, a national non-profit providing brand new coats to low-income children. Prior to joining the non-profit sector, Carey served as Vice President of Operations for a state-of-the-art, multi-billion dollar cancer treatment company where she was responsible for all operational aspects of the company's flagship treatment center in Oklahoma City. She has also served in the capacity of human resources executive in the healthcare, technology, and financial industries. Carey serves on the board of The Institute for Global Youth Development Programs, holds a Master's of Management from Cambridge College and is a certified Six Sigma Green and Black Belt.