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Special Delivery of Crazy Socks for President George H.W. Bush

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Special Delivery of Crazy Socks for President George H.W. Bush

News has spread fast that our 41st President, George H.W. Bush, is a huge fan of fun and crazy socks. Naturally, John and the team here at John’s Crazy Socks wanted to spread happiness to our former President, so we put together the craziest, most Presidential box of socks for 41 to add to his collection. We acted fast!


Adding a Personal Touch


In a letter included in the gift box to George H.W. Bush, our co-founder, Mark X. Cronin wrote, “We are John’s Crazy Socks, an online store founded by a father-son team. John (the son), is 21 years old and has Down syndrome. Like you, he has long loved wearing fun socks, or what he calls, his crazy socks.” He went on to explain the charities we are partnered with and why we want to give back and spread awareness for causes we care about.


“You spent much of your life demonstrating what is possible right up to parachuting out of planes on your birthday. Each day, we demonstrate what people can do through John’s participation in running our business and the colleagues with special needs who make contributions each day to our business. Of our 20 employees, four are on the Autism spectrum.


Throughout your career, you showed how the more we can do for others, the better off we are. That is how we run John’s Crazy Socks. We want to do more for our customers, employees and community. The more we can do for others, the more our business flourishes.”


We hope 41 loves the socks.


Socks for our 41st President


We chose seven socks that we thought best represented President Bush.

Our first pair, Stars and Stripes crew socks, seemed to be an obvious choice. We admire the service 41 has done for our country both as President and in the armed forces in World War II.
                                                                                
Texas, known as home to the nation’s best BBQ, is also home to President Bush and his family today. We included a pair of fun BBQ crew socks as a nod to the state’s great food and culture. Hopefully the president will pull them on before he fires up the grill!
                                                                   
 As a former President, 41 is called to attend a variety of black tie events. We included a pair of our Black Tie crew socks to stay suited up from head to toe!

Next on our list are a pair of socks we hope our former President wears with Pride and remembers his time serving our country. The Republican crew socks are the perfect political fashion go-to. 
The former President and First Lady had the honor to do the coin toss at the Super Bowl LI in February. John felt our Football socks were a great pair to commemorate the coin toss.

  As it is Autism Awareness month, we wanted to send our Autism Awareness Socks to 41 to include him in our efforts to spread awareness.  The Autism Awareness Socks were one of our first awareness socks as it is a cause close to our hearts. $2 from every purchase is donated to Autism Speaks and the Autism Society of America (Nassau/Suffolk County Chapter)
 Last but certainly not least, we included our brand-new Shark Socks. $2 from each pair purchased is donated to the Special Olympics. John and Liam, an employee at John’s Crazy Socks on the Autism Spectrum, are Special Olympic athletes. These socks proudly represent their team, the Commack Sharks, and we are honored to share them with 41.
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John’s Crazy Socks Introduces Sharks Socks as a Special Olympics Charity Sock

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John’s Crazy Socks Introduces Sharks Socks as a Special Olympics Charity Sock

The Shark Socks have arrived! John from John’s Crazy Socks has designed a sock for his Special Olympics Team, the Commack Sharks, and he wants to share the sock with everyone. Therefore, we now offer these Special Olympics Shark Socks in our online store and $2 from the sale of every pair will go to the Special Olympics. This donation is in addition to our pledge of five percent of our earnings to the Special Olympics.

Sharks Socks for the Special Olympics

The Shark Socks are available in both a unisex crew ($12) and a unisex knee high ($15). The socks show grey sharks swimming against a blue background – look sharp, are incredibly comfortable and have been swimming off the shelves.

John’s Crazy Socks and the Special Olympics

John Cronin, co-founder and inspiration for John’s Crazy Socks, has Down syndrome and is an avid participant in Special Olympic Sports. He plays soccer, basketball, floor hockey, runs track and does snowshoeing and bowling. Over the years, he has won many medals in regional competitions and at the New York State Games. He was even chosen as an alternate for the U.S. National Snowshoe Team for the 2017 World Games. We have other colleagues working with us who are also active in the Special Olympics, including Liam Mrotzek, who won two bronze medals in the 2017 World Games for snowshoeing.

We have seen the many benefits that the Special Olympics brings to John and all the athletes just as we have seen coaches and families benefit when family members participate in the Special Olympics. (John’s father and two older brothers have all coached Special Olympics.) As part of our Giving Back Program, we donate five percent of our earnings to the Special Olympics.

The Special Olympics demonstrates that people intellectual disabilities will succeed when given the opportunity. These athletes train and compete, learning about their sports and themselves, they learn discipline, teamwork and to pursue their dreams. There is nothing like watching the joy of an athlete crossing the finish line in a hard-fought race. The Special Olympics are amazingly inspiring and empowering.  And the athletes never incur a charge for participating so the Special Olympics accessible to all.

The Shark Socks for the Commack Sharks

John plays basketball and runs track with the Commack Sharks, one of the largest Special Olympics organizations in New York State. Head Coach, Joe Amadeo asked John if he would develop socks for the Commack Sharks to go with their new jerseys. John jumped at the chance. He took the image of the shark from their jersey and the navy blue and grey colors and worked with our sock designers. We tested several versions of the design until John put his stamp of approval on the socks. As he put it, “We’re going to look so good wearing these socks.”

John delivered the initial order of socks to Coach Joe and the other Commack Shark coaches last night and everyone was ecstatic. The socks will make their debut this weekend, when the Sharks participate in a regional Special Olympics basketball tournament.

Giving Back at John’s Crazy Socks

Giving Back is an essential part of our mission at John’s Crazy Socks. We pledge five percent of our earnings to the Special Olympics. We have also developed a series of Awareness and Charity socks that raise money from the sale of each pair of socks for dedicated charities. So far, we have five Awareness and Charity Socks:

Sock

Charity Partner(s)

Amount Given Per Sock

Autism Awareness Socks

Autism Society of America (Nassau/Suffolk Chapter) and Autism Speaks

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

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 pair of socks.

Breast Cancer Awareness Socks

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

10 percent from a $6 pair of socks ($0.60).

Shark Socks for Special Olympics

Special Olympics

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

 

Each month, we publish a Giving Back Report to share with our customers the money raised for our charity partners.

Conclusion

The Shark Socks are quickly becoming a customer favorite. They look good, feel good and raise money for a great cause, the Special Olympics.  Grab a pair now, you’ll be glad you did.

John holding the Shark Socks

  • Mark Cronin
Giving Back Report for March 2017

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Giving Back Report for March 2017

John’s Crazy Socks had our biggest month yet in March 2017, and that means we raised more money for our charity partners than ever. We are ecstatic to announce that we raised $13,203.60 for our charity partners in March. Nothing makes us happier than to do for others. We report to our customers on our promise to give back each month. Here is what happened in March 2017. 

Our Giving Pack Program

From the beginning, we made a promise to give back. We committed upon opening to contribute five percent of our earnings to the Special Olympics. Since then, we have expanded our Giving Back Program through our awareness socks. We’re on a mission to spread happiness through our socks, and making sure that our customers know that each purchase will go to help others is part of the way we create happiness. What better joy than to purchase some great socks and know that part of your purchase will help our charity partners?  

Our co-founder and inspiration, John Cronin, has set the direction for our Giving Back Program. John always wants to do for others. Since John has Down syndrome, we selected charities that work with the disabled or have a special connection to our organization or family. We thank each customer for their generosity in supporting our business and our charity partners. 

Giving Back – March 2017

This report covers sales and activities from March 1 – March 31, 2017. We saw our overall sales take a dramatic increase which allowed us to raise more money for our charity partners. 

Giving Back to the Special Olympics

We have pledged to give 5 percent of our earnings to the Special Olympics. The good news is that we had a tremendous month of sales in March, but the business reality is that our spending increased even more as we scrambled to expand our hiring, equipment and inventory. We are still running in the red, though we expect to turn a profit by the end of the year.

Regardless of our situation, the Special Olympics are important to us – John is a Special Olympic Athlete as are several of our co-workers. (You can read about how one of our colleagues, Liam Mrotzek, won two Bronze Medals at the Special Olympics Winter World Games here.) We feel it is important to contribute to the Special Olympics immediately. We made a $500 contribution to the Special Olympics as part of this month’s Giving Back Program. There’s more good news, as we introduced a Shark sock in early April that will raise money for the Special Olympics (more on that below).

Our Dedicated Charity Socks

We have created a series of Dedicated Charity Socks as part of our Giving Back Program. Money from the sale of each pair of socks goes to the dedicated charity. The most important of these socks are the Awareness Socks. In March, we had four Dedicated Charity Socks, though we are expanding the number of charity socks (read below to learn how):

 

Sock

Charity Partner(s)

Amount Given Per Sock

Autism Awareness Socks

Autism Society of America (Nassau/Suffolk Chapter) and Autism Speaks

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

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 pair of socks.

Breast Cancer Awareness Socks

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

10 percent from a $6 pair of socks ($0.60).

 

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

 

Socks

Charity

Socks Sold

Money Generated

Autism Awareness Socks

Autism Society of America - Nassau/Suffolk Chapter and Autism Speaks

1,934

$3,868.00

Down Syndrome Awareness Socks

ACDS and NDSS

2,337

$4,674.00

Blue Whale Socks

Whaling Museum

125

$125.00

Breast Cancer Socks

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

371

$222.60

Total

$8,889.60

 

Additional Charity Activities in March 2017

On March 4, we held a Pop-Up Store Fundraiser to raise money for Makenzie Cadmus, a baby girl on Long Island struck with a horrible disease, epidermolysis bullosa. The condition creates painful blisters all over her skin. Part of the treatment requires Makenzie to be covered in bandages. Because the pain and itching leads her to pull at the bandages, her family uses socks to cover the bandages. Her family has incurred thousands of dollars in medical expenses and faces hundreds of thousands in medical bills in the future. We sent her socks and held a fundraiser that raised $814. You can read about the fundraiser here.

On March 28, John attended the annual National Down Syndrome Gala in Manhattan. (He looked great in the tux.). We donated $3,000 in Down Syndrome Awareness Socks for the evening that were distributed in gift bags to all attendees. NDSS is such an important organization to John, our family and our company, that we wanted to do anything we could to help them. When they asked if we would provide socks for the gift bags, we jumped at the chance. 

New Charity Initiatives

In April, we introduced a new sock: A Sock Shark for the Special Olympics. John designed these socks for the Commack Sharks, a Special Olympics team with which John runs track and plays basketball. Head Coach Joe Amadeo asked if we could make socks to match their new uniforms. John was insistent, so we created the socks. We now offer them to all our customers – they are good-looking socks – and $2 from each pair will go to the Special Olympics.

Shark Socks for the Special Olympics

We are also developing a Williams Syndrome Awareness Sock that will be available by early May. Williams syndrome (WS) is a genetic condition characterized by medical problems including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays, and learning disabilities.  These often occur side by side with striking verbal abilities, highly social personalities, and an affinity for music. This condition affects 1 in 10,000 people, an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 people in the United States. It is known to occur equally in both males and females and in every culture. We will donate $2 from the sale of each pair of these beautiful socks to the Williams Syndrome Association.

Conclusion of the March Giving Back Report

We saw a spike in our sales in March mainly due to a viral video released by the media. That surge in orders has enabled us to make a similar surge in our charity contributions. Our charity socks raised $8,889.60 and other activities added $4,314 for a total of $13,203.60. 

The number of orders has cooled so far in April, but we know that the more we do for others, the better off we will be. We will keep spreading happiness through socks and believe that will enable us to benefit our charity partners. 

If you have questions or would like to comment on this report, please contact Mark at mxcronin@JohnsCrazySocks.com.

As always, we thank our customers and supporters. We do this for you and without you, we would have nothing.

 John Lee Cronin and Mark X. Cronin

Our Mother's Day Box of Socks

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Our Mother's Day Box of Socks

Mother’s Day is coming and we at John’s Crazy Socks have developed our Mother’s Day Box of Socks. We can’t think of a better, sure-fit gift than our gorgeous hand-selected Mother’s Day Gift Box. Handpicked by Moms for guaranteed Mom approval, we’ve created our Mother’s Day Gift Box with all the happy-making, sweet and feminine socks we could find. The gorgeous colors, beautiful artwork and variety of styles will surely let mom know the softness you have in your heart for her, as well as your appreciation of her impeccable sense of style. In case she can’t read between the lines we’ve spelled it out for her with our, “You’re a Whole Lot of Lovely” socks. And you receive FREE Priority Mail shipping.

Moms and all those lovely creatures who nurture us, come in all shapes and sizes, with a wide array of styles and tastes, but every Mom loves socks, especially fun and lovingly-designed socks. Your Mom is special and unique and deserves a unique gift like our Mother’s Day Box of Socks. Anyone can give flowers or chocolates, but how many can gift this collection of socks that she will love. Think of the excitement in her eyes when mom opens the most thoughtful, stylish, and practical gift for her this year!  As the other moms are proudly sharing their bounties amongst their peers, make YOUR mom stand out from the crowd as she raises her foot and lifts her pant leg to show off lovely gams along with the most beautiful, stylish testament to the amazing job she did raising you. 

The Mother’s Day Box of Socks comes with seven pairs of socks including knee highs, crew and ankle socks in a variety of colors and styles. Vibrant colors, floral prints, and fun patterns make this box a whole lot of lovely, sure to warm your mother's heart and feet. These socks include:

  • Butterfly Knee Highs
  • Bold Poppy Knee Highs
  • Whole Lotta of Lovely crew socks
  • Romantic Roses crew socks
  • Three pair of pastel ankle socks

We package these socks in a special gift box wrapped with pretty pink paper and we include candy and a Happy Mother’s Day Card from John. We can add a card with a note from you as well.

If you bought these socks separately, they would cost $52. But we want to make it easy for you to buy this Mother’s Day Box of Socks, so we have priced it at $44.99. And you get so much more than just the socks. The price includes the socks, the gift box, special packaging, candy and the notes. Plus, we’ll send it to you via FREE Priority mail. This makes the Mother’s Day Box of Socks. Both a great gift and a great value.

Do not wait, there is a limited number of the Mother’s Day Box of Socks. These will sell out, so place your order as soon as possible.   It is so easy, just click on this link and place your order. It will take less than two minutes (two minutes for a great gift for Mom). So act now. 

Liam Mrotzek Returns Home from the Special Olympics Winter World Games in Austria

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Liam Mrotzek Returns Home from the Special Olympics Winter World Games in Austria


Liam Mrotzek, a valued member of the John’s Crazy Socks Team, represented the United States in the Special Olympics Winter World Games in Austria and returned home with two bronze medals in snowshoeing. Liam won the medals in the 200 meter and 4 X 100 relay races.


Liam competes for the Huntington Blue Devil Special Olympics Snowshoe Team and was selected for the U.S. National Team after his performances in regional snowshoe meets and the New York Special Olympics State Games.


Our co-founder, John Cronin, was selected as an alternate to the U.S National Team. Though John stood ready to compete, he was not called upon to attend the World Games.


Proudly Representing the United States in the Special Olympics Winter World Games


At the Special Olympics, Liam got to meet athletes from all over the world, including Spain, Mexico, Germany and Japan. He loves meeting new people and is happy to have new friends all over the world. He also got to meet Austria’s President, Alexander Van der Bellen, and the terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Liam had a lot to share with the office about his time in Austria. He says he loved sightseeing with his family and he wants to return to Austria with his family so they can see more of the country.


Liam’s biggest thrill came when he stood on the medal stand to receive his bronze medals.


Commitment to Snowshoeing Led Liam to the Special Olympics Winter World Games


In 2012, Coach Linda Roth-Costello, established the Huntington Blue Devil Special Olympics Team. Four dedicated athletes joined the team: Liam, John, Andrew and Brendan. Andrew is also a colleague at John’s Crazy Socks. They train year-round and run on the beach to simulate the snow. Liam said, “The workouts are hard, but they get us ready for our races.”


The Blue Devil Team made a big impression on the Special Olympics snowshoe scene from their very first regional meet at West Mountain in upstate New York. The team walked away with a bevy of Gold and Silver medals.


The hard work and success at multiple New York State Games led Liam to the national team and the Winter World Games.


What are the Special Olympics?


The Special Olympics is an international sports competition, started in 1968, for athletes with various intellectual disabilities. On their website, they describe themselves as a global movement of people creating a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability.


The World Games are held every two years, alternating between summer and winter games. There are also local, regional and national competitions held throughout the year all over the world.


John’s Crazy Socks and the Special Olympics


The Special Olympics were the first charity partner of John’s Crazy socks. We contribute five percent of our earnings to the Special Olympics. It was very easy for us to choose the Special Olympics as our Charity Partner since our namesake, John Cronin, is a Special Olympic Athlete. He competes in snowshoe, basketball, track, soccer, floor hockey and bowling. The Special Olympics offer nurturing socialization opportunities for their athletes. The experience of playing on a team and learning to depend and work with teammates is as valuable for them as it is any athlete.


We have three Special Olympic athletes working in our organization: Liam, John and Andrew. Their sense of teamwork, their ability to manage their time, their willingness to train hard for a future goal and their strong sense of commitment make them terrific employees who make important contributions to John’s Crazy Socks. 


What the Special Olympics do for Families


The Special Olympics helps more than just the athletes. Parents and family get to watch and cheer as these athletes rise to heights no one may have imagined. John’s older brother, James, has coached basketball. He may have benefited more from this experience than the athletes. He learned the empathy to understand autistic players and became more sensitive to differences as well as developed strategies for working with a diverse group. These are skills that will continue to serve him well as he goes on in his life.


We cheered for Liam as he competed in Austria and celebrated him upon his return. We are fortunate to have Liam working with us and we love what the Special Olympics has done for Liam, John, Andrew and all the athletes and families affiliated with the program.

John’s Crazy Socks Celebrates Autism Awareness Month 2017

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John’s Crazy Socks Celebrates Autism Awareness Month 2017

April is Autism Awareness Month and John’s Crazy Socks is celebrating. Why? Let’s start with our colleagues on the autism spectrum: 20 percent of our workforce have some form of autism. We celebrate them. We celebrate Autism Awareness Month because as a venture co-founded by a young man with Down syndrome, every day we demonstrate what people of all abilities can contribute to our business and our society. We celebrate because we believe that diversity makes us a better business and makes our society stronger. We celebrate because to understand autism enables us to relate more to our colleagues, friends and fellow citizens and that leads to a more beautiful world.

What is Autism?

People on the autism spectrum make up a significant segment of our population and add to the mosaic of who we are as a people. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that there are 3.5 million Americans on the autism spectrum in the United States and that one percent of the world’s population has autism spectrum disorder. Approximately one in 68 children are born with autism, though the prevalence is much higher among boys (1 in 142) than girls (1 in 189).

Our charity partner, Autism Speaks, explains that autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences. We now know that there is not one autism but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental influences.

The term “spectrum” reflects the wide variation in challenges and strengths possessed by each person with autism. There is a saying that if you have met one person with autism, you have met one person with autism.

Our Autism Awareness Sock

We created an Autism Awareness Sock to celebrate the achievements and contributions of people on the autism spectrum. The socks feature the multi-color puzzle associated with autism. Why the puzzle? It symbolizes the way the overall beauty of the image is comprised of all the contributing pieces in the same way that people with autism contribute to the overall strength of our communities and society. And the puzzle symbolizes the often puzzling nature of autism spectrum disorder.Autism Awareness Sock

We donate two dollars from every pair sold to our two charity partners: The Autism Society of America (Nassau/Suffolk Chapter) and Autism Speaks. The donation to our charity partners is part of our overall Giving Back program which includes donating 5 percent of our earnings to the Special Olympics. You can see and buy the Autism Awareness Socks here.

 

Employing People with Autism

John’s Crazy Socks was founded by the father-son team of John and Mark Cronin. John is a 21-year-old man with Down syndrome so it is only natural that when considering employees, we welcome people of all abilities and focus on what they can do, not what they cannot. We are a small and growing business. Out of our 20 current employees, four (20 percent) have autism spectrum disorder. Each plays a critical role and collectively they have enhanced our business.  Our co-founder, Mark X. Cronin, has written an article explaining why we hire people on the autism spectrum and why it helps our business. (You can read the article here.)

Mark writes, “Hiring someone on the autism spectrum or any individual employee is not an isolated act. It fits in with our overall mission, culture and operations.  Doing so hinges on two factors: respecting a person’s right to work – a human right – and matching that to our business needs.” Our business succeeds because we hire people with autism.

Spreading Awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder

We are spreading awareness of how people with autism contribute to our business. We are doing so through articles like the you are reading here, articles at our website and videos showing how our colleagues with autism spectrum disorder contribute to our mission of spreading happiness through socks. And we spread awareness through our Autism Awareness Socks.

In addition, John’s Crazy Socks will participate in Autism Awareness events at some local schools and support local groups that are holding special events.  

To learn more about, John’s Crazy Socks, you can visit our website or our Facebook Page. For more information, you can contact Mark X. Cronin at 631-760-5625 or via email at contact@johnscrazysocks.com.