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John's Crazy Socks Giving Back Report for February 2017

John's Crazy Socks Giving Back Report for February 2017 0

Giving Back Report for February 2017

Giving Back is an essential part of our mission and part of that process involves reporting to our customers and charity partners about this initiative.

 

Our Giving Pack Program

We have a mission to spread happiness through socks. One way we do that is by giving back financially. We do so by donating money we earn and collect to certain charitable organizations. There are many, many worthy charities and we cannot give to all of them. Our co-founder and inspiration, John Cronin, has Down syndrome, therefore, we selected charities that work with the disabled or have a special connection to our organization or family. We let everyone know about these choices and what money we will donate.

 

Giving Back – February 2017

This report covers sales from February 1 – February 28. We saw our overall sales increase by six-fold over January, so we saw an equally large increase in the sale of our charity socks.

 

Giving Back to the Special Olympics

We have pledged to give 5 percent of our earnings to the Special Olympics. While we have had a strong start and are growing rapidly, it is not surprising that as a start-up we have not yet turned a profit. Nonetheless, we feel it is important to contribute to the Special Olympics immediately. We are sending an additional $250 check for our January sales.

 

We will contribute a minimum of $100 per month to the Special Olympics until we turn a profit. After we pass the break-even point, the amount we donate will increase.

 

Our Dedicated Charity Socks

We currently have established some of our socks as Dedicated Charity Socks. A specific portion of each sale from each pair of these socks goes to a dedicated charity. We have four sets of these socks now and we expect to create more of these Dedicated Charity Socks:


 

 

Sock

Charity Partner(s)

Amount Given Per Sock

Autism Awareness Socks

Autism Society of America – Nassau/Suffolk Chapter

$1 from an $8 Sock

Down Syndrome Awareness Socks

ACDS

and

National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)

$2 from each pair of socks. The crew cost $12 and the knee high cost $15

Blue Whale Socks

Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor

$1 from an $8 Sock

Breast Cancer Awareness Socks

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

10 percent from a $6 sock ($0.60)

 

So how much did we give based on our February sales?

 

Socks

Charity

Socks Sold

Money Generated

Autism Awareness Socks

Autism Society of America - Nassau/Suffolk Chapter

466

$466.00

Down Syndrome Awareness Socks

ACDS and NDSS

1,027

$2,054.00

Blue Whale Socks

Whaling Museum

16

$16.00

Breast Cancer Socks

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

14

$8.40

 

While this is a good start, we have a long way to go. We only started selling the Autism Awareness Socks and Down Syndrome Awareness Socks in the last week of January. We have seen a dramatic increase in sales so far in March, so the donations to those causes will climb in March. As we grow our business, we will increase the donations to all of our charitable partners.  

 

The more we can do for others, the more happiness we can spread, and the better we will do. We will share that success by giving back. If you have questions or would like to comment on this report, please contact Mark at mxcronin@JohnsCrazySocks.com.

Rocking the Socks for Makenzie: A Special Giving Back Report

Rocking the Socks for Makenzie: A Special Giving Back Report 0

Rocking the Socks for Makenzie: A Special Giving Back Report

Giving Back is an essential part of our mission and part of that process involves reporting to our customers and charity partners about this initiative. 

Rocking the Socks for Makenzie: Supporting Makenzie Cadmus and Her Family

Makenzie is a baby girl from Long Island who suffers from a terrible disease, epidermolysis bullosa, a condition that causes her skin to develop painful blisters with the slightest friction. To protect her delicate skin, she must wear bandages from her hands to her shoulders and from the waist down, as well as socks on her arms and legs to stop her from removing the bandages. Her family is incurring many thousands of dollars in medical expenses and faces hundreds of thousands in medical bills in the future.

The Cadmus Family has asked people to Rock the Socks for Makenzie to raise awareness of her condition. We immediately responded, after all, we’re spreading happiness through socks. John made a video where he rocked the socks for Makenzie and wished her a happy birthday. We sent a box of socks for Makenzie and her brother, Crosby and we sent a box of socks as a raffle prize for a fundraiser the family was holding.

We Were Rocking the Socks for Makenzie on Saturday, March 4

Rocking the Socks for MakenzieWe held our first Pop Up Shop on March 4, 2017 at Rust and Gold in Huntington Village and we pledged 10 percent of all sales to support Makenzie Cadmus and her family. So how did we do?

We had a great day. Many people came out to support Makenzie and to say hello to John. We met many existing customers and many new customers. The socks were a big hit, Rust and Gold proved an ideal setting and everyone had a good time.  By the end of the Pop Up Shop, we had raised $338 for Makenzie plus customers donated $72 in cash. Therefore, the Pop Up Shop raised $410 for Makenzie.

But wait, there’s more. We extended the pledge to our online sales and committed 10 percent of our online sales to Makenzie. We raised another $304 dollars for Makenzie through our online sales on March 4.  

All told, we raised $714 that day for Makenzie plus a previous $100 donation we made to her Go Fund Me Campaign, bringing the total contribution to $814.

You can help Makenzie by donating to her Go Fund Me Page.

The more we can do for others, the more happiness we can spread, and the better we will do. We will share that success by giving back. If you have questions or would like to comment on this report, please contact Mark at mxcronin@JohnsCrazySocks.com.

John’s Crazy Socks Releases Blue Whale Sock to Raise Money for the Whaling Museum of Cold Spring Harbor

John’s Crazy Socks Releases Blue Whale Sock to Raise Money for the Whaling Museum of Cold Spring Harbor 0

John’s Crazy Socks has announced that it is selling a Blue Whale Sock to raise money and awareness for the Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor. One dollar from the sale of every pair of Blue Whale Socks will go to the Whaling Museum. Each pair of socks come with a card with information about the museum and a fun fact about whales.

John’s Crazy Socks is a father-son venture co-founded and inspired by John Cronin, a young man with Down Syndrome, and has a mission to spread happiness through socks. John said, “I love the Waling Museum and wanted to do something to help support it.” The Blue Whale sock will also be available in the Museum’s Gift Shop.

Museum Director, Nomi Dayan said, “We are excited to receive this support from John’s Crazy Socks. Their rapid growth and national reach will spread awareness about our museum and programs and every bit of additional funding helps.”

Giving back is part of the mission at John’s Crazy Socks. The company contributes five percent of its earnings to the Special Olympics. John is a Special Olympics athlete and he and his family have witnessed the positive impact the Special Olympics has on the athletes, their families and the volunteers.

The Blue Whale Sock is the fourth designated charity sock released by the company. The other three are:

John’s Crazy Socks donated money from the sale of each designated charity sock to a related charity. The company publishes a monthly Giving Back Report to update customers and the community on its donations.

Founded in 1942, the Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor has long been a cultural and environmental mainstay on Long Island. It preserves Long Island’s past as a whaling center and enables visitors to explore the relationship between humans and whales to gain a greater understanding of the cultural, scientific and environmental significance of Long Island and the Sea. 

The museum offers extensive school and outreach programs that see over 12,000 school children visit every year.  It holds over 6,000 historical documents and artifacts, including a significant scrimshaw collection. The Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, a status achieved by only five percent of museums nationwide.

The Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor is located at 279 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, New York. To learn more about the museum or to support its many programs, you can visit the museum website or contact Katie Kelly at 631-367-3418 X10.

  • Mark Cronin
John’s Crazy Socks Will Hold Our First Pop Up Shop on Saturday March 4, 2017 in Huntington Village

John’s Crazy Socks Will Hold Our First Pop Up Shop on Saturday March 4, 2017 in Huntington Village 0

John’s Crazy Socks will hold our first pop up on Saturday March 4, 2017 from 12 – 4 p.m. in Huntington Village. The Pop Up Shop will operate at Rust and Gold, a restaurant/sports bar located at 70 Gerard Street (across the street for the post office). The Pop Up Shop will serve as a fundraiser for Makenzie Cadmus and her family so 10 percent of all sales will go to Makenzie’s Family.

Why visit the John's Crazy Socks Pop Up?

  • Get some great socks that you can find nowhere else.
  • Help raise money for Makenzie Cadmus
  • Get some Down Syndrome Awareness Socks that raise money for Long Island’s ACDS and the National Down Syndrome Society
  • Meet John and have your photo taken with John
  • Enjoy some music and food
  • Have fun

John’s Crazy Socks was co-founded by John Cronin, a young man from Huntington with Down syndrome. John loves meeting our customers and the Pop Up Shop will give him the opportunity to meet many people and take photos with them. John says, “We will have a lot of great socks there and a lot of crazy socks”

About John’s Crazy Socks

John’s Crazy Socks.com has a simple mission: spread happiness through socks. We sell fun, beautiful, color socks that let people express their passions and personality. We offer socks you can love from the best designers in the country. And we deliver those socks with fast, personal service. Every package includes a hand-written thank you note from John and some candy sweets.

We also believe that giving back is important so we donate 5 percent of our earnings to the Special Olympics. Why the Special Olympics?  John is an active athlete in the Special Olympics program and we have seen how much that organization does for so many.

Rocking the Socks for Makenzie Cadmus

Makenzie Cadmus is a girl from Hauppauge who was born with epidermolysis bullosa. Newsday has described the condition as one “that causes her skin to develop painful blisters with the slightest friction. To protect her delicate skin, she must wear bandages from her hands to her shoulders and from the waist down, as well as socks on her arms and legs to stop her from removing the bandages.”

Her family has started a campaign to Rock the Socks for Makenzie (#RTS1000) and have started a Go Fund Me campaign to raise money for her care.  As part of the campaign, they have asked people to take and post videos or pictures wearing socks on their hands. John recorded a video for Makenzie. John’s Crazy Socks has donated to her campaign and will donate 10 percent of all sales from this Pop Up to her fund.

Rust and Gold

Co-owner Frank Antonetti said, “We wanted to open the next-generation sports bar.” And that they have with gastro-inspired food, a changing selection of microbrews, top notch staff and a great atmosphere. They have opened to rave reviews.  Rust and Gold is located at 70 Gerard Street, across the street from the Post Office.

You can learn more about John and John’s Crazy Socks at our website and our Facebook page. You can see videos with John at our YouTube channel.  You can also reach us via email at service@johnscrazysocks.com.

  • Mark Cronin
The Times of Huntington Features John's Crazy Socks

The Times of Huntington Features John's Crazy Socks 0

In their February 23, 2017 issue, the Times of Huntington feature John's Crazy Socks as their front page story. Editor Victoria Espinoza captures our mission to spread happiness with socks and tells of the bond between John and Mark and the joy they have in growing this sock store.

For one father-son duo, the secret ingredient to success is socks. John Cronin, a 21-year-old Huntington resident diagnosed with Down syndrome, was trying to figure out what he wanted to do with his life after he graduated from Huntington High School, when John’s Crazy Socks was born.

The two-month-old business venture has already seen success, and Cronin and his dad Mark Cronin are continually coming up with new and unique ideas to set John’s Crazy Socks apart.

You can read the full article here: http://tbrnewsmedia.com/hton-resident-with-down-syndrome-starts-sock-company/

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Mark Cronin
John’s Crazy Socks Celebrates our 1,000th Customer

John’s Crazy Socks Celebrates our 1,000th Customer 0

Last week, we reached a happy milestone when John’s Crazy Socks shipped a package of socks to our 1,000 customer. We reached that achievement in less than two months of operation. We’re so excited and we thank our customers for their support.

Our online store was co-founded and inspired by John Cronin, a young man from with Down Syndrome. He has long loved his colorful and fun socks, or what he calls his “crazy socks.” And John loves to make people smile. Those passions have become the mission of John’s Crazy Socks: spreading happiness through socks.

John is finishing his final year in the Huntington School System. He studies life skills at Huntington High School and retailing at Wilson Tech. Like most people, John was concerned about what he would do after finishing school. He suggested that he and his father open a store and selling socks was a natural for John. He said, “Everybody knows, I love my socks.”

That’s how John’s Crazy Socks was born. We opened the online store on December 9, 2016. The customer response has been strong. Not only have we shipped over 1,000 orders, but John’s videos discussing the business have been seen by over half a million people.

The company has found rapid success based on their formula of offering great socks, fast and personal service and giving back to the community. Mark X. Cronin, John’s father, said, “When we started, we offered 31 different socks. Two months later, we feature over 600 different socks at our website and we add more every day.”

The most popular socks are the Down Syndrome Awareness Socks and the Autism Awareness Socks. These are part of a series of dedicated charity socks and the company donates money from the sale of each pair of socks to a related charity:

In addition, John’s Crazy Socks donates 5 percent of their earnings to the Special Olympics. “We selected the Special Olympics as our charity partner because they’ve played such a huge role in John’s development,” said Mark. The company publishes a monthly Giving Back Report to let customers know about the donations made each month.

John’s inspiration to make customers happy is seen in the fast and personal service the company provides to its customers. Each order includes a hand written thank you note from John and candy sweets as a way to show appreciation to the customer. The company ships the same day orders are received. Customers are thrilled by the personal touch and often post pictures of their socks and packages on social media.

Though John’s Crazy Socks ships throughout the United States and into Canada, their favorite deliveries are made in Huntington. John makes door-to-door deliveries to Huntington customers. “I love meeting customers,” John said. As word has spread about John’s visits, many families have greeted him at the door and taken pictures with John which they post on Facebook.

John’s Crazy Socks attributes their success to John’s desire to make others happy. John says “I want to make people happy with socks. I want to have the biggest sock store ever so I can make more and more people happy.”

You can learn more about John and John’s Crazy Socks at our website and our Facebook page. You can see videos with John at our YouTube channel.  You can also reach us via email at service@johnscrazysocks.com.