Giving Back Report for February 2022

Giving Back Report for February 2022

In February 2022, we raised $8,388.47 for our charity partners. Through February 2022, we have now raised more than $496,824 for our charity partners. Giving Back is an essential part of our mission and we are excited by our ability to support others. We continue to learn that the more we can give, the happier we are. 

Our Giving Pack Program 

A core aspect of our mission at John’s Crazy Socks is to demonstrate the capabilities and contributions of people with differing abilities. Our Giving Back Program helps us to achieve this mission. By donating to charities like the Special Olympics, the National Down Syndrome Society, and the Autism Society of America, we enable them to do more work on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities. 

John Cronin, the co-founder and inspiration behind John’s Crazy Socks, initiated the Giving Back Program by committing to donate five percent of our earnings to the Special Olympics even before we opened for business. John is a Special Olympics athlete and knows first-hand the difference the Special Olympics can make in the lives of all involved. 

Since opening, we have added a growing list of Awareness Socks and Charity Socks that raise money for our charity partners. These include our Down Syndrome Awareness Socks, which John designed, and our Autism Awareness Socks. John loves to hand deliver the donations and our staff celebrates when we announce our Giving Back totals for the month.   

Event: Our Own Podcast Now Available 

John and Mark’s podcast, “The Spreading Happiness Podcast with John and Mark” has dropped!  Each week, John and Mark record a new half-hour episode where they discuss what’s going on with them, share good news and generally make their listeners happy.  Check it out and, if you like it, please post a five-star review.  

Event: John’s Birthday 

John’s birthday is always celebrated at John’s Crazy Socks and, as usual, John wants to give back to his customers and to his charity partners more than he wants to receive!  For the week leading up to John’s birthday, every customer received a special gift pack with every order including a free sock, mask, and some cool stickers!  In addition, for every order received on February 11 [John’s birthday], we donated $1 to the Special Olympics. 

Event: NY Special Olympics Winter Games 

On the last weekend of the month, February 25 through 27, John traveled to Syracuse, NY for the NYS Special Olympics Winter Games.  On Friday night, John and Mark were the emcees for the Opening Ceremonies.  John entered the stage dancing and they made sure everyone had fun.  On Saturday, John competed with his Huntington teammates in the snowshoe competition where his four-person team won the gold medal in the 100 x 4 relay.  John received a silver medal in the 100-meter competition and a fourth-place finish in the 50-meter race.  Saturday night, John danced the night away at the Closing Ceremonies.  To celebrate, we donated $1 for every order received during the weekend to the NY Special Olympics. 

Giving Back – February 2022 

This report covers sales and activities from February 1 through February 28, 2022. 

Giving Back to the Special Olympics 

We pledge 5 percent of our annual earnings to the Special Olympics. We also donate 5 percent of the sales from our Sock of the Month Club to the Special Olympics. In addition, each sale of Shark Socks, Polar Plunge Socks, and Spreading Happiness Socks results in a donation to the Special Olympics.  

This month, we raised $826.34 for the Special Olympics which includes $349 raised from orders received on February 11 [John’s Birthday] and the weekend of the NY Special Olympics Winter Games [February 25-27]. 

Donations to Charity Partners 

This table shows how much money we generated for each of our charitable partners. 

Charity

Monthly Donation

ACDS

 $   586.33

American Cancer Society

 $        2.60

American Nurses Foundation

 $      14.00

Autism Speaks

 $      96.68

Barbara Bush Family Literacy Foundation

 $   214.70

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

 $      49.76

Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation

 $      23.78

Heartshare Human Services of New York

 $        5.39

Huntington Community First Aid Squad

 $        5.60

Long Island Coalition Against Bullying

 $        4.20

LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation

 $        1.40

Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center

 $        9.79

Nassau Suffolk Chapter of the Autism Society of America

 $   228.34

National Down Syndrome Society

 $   680.63

North Shore Animal League America

 $      90.57

PS I Love You Day

 $      27.98

Special Olympics

 $   826.34

The Whaling Museum and Education Center

 $      16.59

UCP-Long Island

 $      77.35

William Syndrome Association

 $        5.90

 

Donation of Boxes of Socks 

In addition, we donated 43 boxes of socks to non-profit organizations for their use in fundraising by raffling or auctioning a box of socks to benefit their group.  Some of the groups we donated boxes to include: 

·         Lucas County Board of DD, FANS Network

·         Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida

·         The Childrens Learning Center at CP Nassau

·         Grazn Acres Therapeutic Riding Center

·         Mad Kicks

·         Kenny Rogers Childrens Center

·         Fighting for Autism

·         Sisu Integrated Early Learning Center

·         John Paul II Center for Special Learning

·         Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands

·         Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond

·         Heart of Joy International

·         The Terry Farrell Firefighter Fund

·         Ocean View Little League c/o Tonertown

·         Champion Athletes of the Ozarks

·         The Daisy Organization

·         GiGi’s Playhouse

·         East Bay Innovations

·         Special Needs Community Initiative

·         Down Syndrome Society of Wichita, Inc.

·         American Cancer Association

·         The Pier Center for Autism

·         Boys and Girls Club of Hawthorne

·         The Odyssey School

·         Bridges Academy

·         Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities

·         Wendell Foster Campus

·         Fordham University Best Buddies Chapter

·         Arc of Onondaga

·         The Chromosome 18 Registry & Research Society

·         Charles River Center

·         Arc of Central Alabama

·         National Down Syndrome Society

·         The Bedford School

·         Focus Academy

·         ARC Ontario

·         Special Olympics South Dakota

·         Action for Autism/AFA Academy

·         Hope Center 4 Autism - Fort Worth

·         Premm Learning Center - ES BOCES

·         EP!C

·         Ann Arbor Academy

 

Other Donations 

In addition to our monthly charitable donations and sock donations, in February 2022, we donated $150.00 to the Special Olympics and $1,000.00 worth of socks to a Food Pantry in Richmond, VA and the River Mission Church in Wallington, NJ for their work with the homeless. 

Summary 

In summary, we made the following donation in February 2022: 

  1. Monthly Donations to Charity Partners                   $ 2,938.47
  2. Charity Boxes                                                                $  4,300.00
  3. Other Donations                                                          $  1,150.00

 Total                                                                                      $  8,388.47

Our Charity and Awareness Socks 

Charity and Awareness Socks are a large part of our Giving Back Program. The sale of each Charity and Awareness sock results in a donation to a specific charity. 

The following lists our Charity and Awareness Socks as well as the related charity partner. 

Sock

Charity Partner

Amount Given Per Sale

Autism Awareness Socks

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

10% from the sale of every pair

Down Syndrome Awareness Socks

ACDS

and

National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)

10% from the sale of every pair

Down Syndrome Super Hero Socks

ACDS

and

National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)

10% from the sale of every pair

William Syndrome Awareness Socks

William Syndrome Association

10% from the sale of every pair

Blue Whale Socks

Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor

10% from the sale of every pair

Breast Cancer Awareness Socks

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

10% from the sale of every pair

Shark Socks

Special Olympics

10% from the sale of every pair

ACLD Socks

ACLD (Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities) is a Long Island-based not-for-profit agency dedicated to helping people with developmental disabilities and their families. 

10% from the sale of every pair

Ability Revolution Socks

We created our Ability Revolution Socks to highlight the work and mission of Ability Revolution, a nonprofit that advances authentic inclusion for people of all abilities in workplaces, educational institutions, and communities.

10% from the sale of every pair

Law Syndrome Socks

These socks were developed with the National Down Syndrome Society to support their fight against Law Syndrome. “Down syndrome does not hold me back, antiquated laws do.”

10% from the sale of every pair

Polar Plunge Socks

The Special Olympics often sponsor Polar Plunge as fundraising events. We want these socks to add to the fun.

10% from the sale of every pair

Library Books for Literacy Socks

These socks honor Barbara Bush and President Bush’s devotion to his wife and her support of literacy.

10% from the sale of every pair

President George H.W. Bush Tribute Socks

These socks are in tribute to John’s “sock buddy”, President George H.W. Bush.

10% from the sale of every pair

John’s Crazy Socks Logo Sock

These socks support Gigi’s Playhouse in New York City.

10% from the sale of every pair

John’s Patriotic Firework Sock

The LuMind [Research Down Syndrome] Foundation’s four priorities are: preventing Alzheimer’s onset, improving cognition, developing gene therapies and advancing understanding

10% from the sale of every pair

P.S. I Love You – Suicide Awareness Socks

Made in collaboration with the P.S. I Love You Day Organization, these socks were designed to help raise awareness for the problems associated with bullying and mental health. 

10% from the sale of every pair

Spreading Happiness Socks

Special Olympics

10% from the sale of every pair

Forget Me Not- Alzheimer's Awareness Socks

The LuMind [Research Down Syndrome] Foundation’s four priorities are: preventing Alzheimer’s onset, improving cognition, developing gene therapies and advancing understanding

10% from the sale of every pair

Healthcare Superhero Socks

American Nurses Foundation

10% from the sale of every pair

This Superhero Wears Scrubs Socks

Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation

10% from the sale of every pair

Lion Socks and Lioness Socks

Heartshare Human Services of New York

10% from the sale of every pair

Anti-Bullying Socks

Long Island Coalition Against Bullying

10% from the sale of every pair

Firefighter Tribute Socks

Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center

10% from the sale of every pair

Animal Rescue Pets Adopt Don't Shop Socks

 

North Shore Animal League America is the world’s largest no-kill and animal rescue and adoption organization

10% from the sale of every pair

Animal Rescue Dog Park Socks

North Shore Animal League America is the world’s largest no-kill and animal rescue and adoption organization

10% from the sale of every pair

Animal Rescue Cat Stripes Socks

North Shore Animal League America is the world’s largest no-kill and animal rescue and adoption organization

10% from the sale of every pair

Cat Rescue My Favorite Breed is Rescue Crew Sock

North Shore Animal League America is the world’s largest no-kill and animal rescue and adoption organization

10% from the sale of every pair

Dog Rescue My Favorite Breed is Rescue Crew Socks

North Shore Animal League America is the world’s largest no-kill and animal rescue and adoption organization

10% from the sale of every pair

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Socks

UCP – Long Island

10% from the sale of every pair

 

Nothing makes us happier than giving back to charity. We work together with our charity partners to help raise awareness for their causes. Then we report on this activity for our customers. Without you, none of this would be possible. Thank you. 

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

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