Giving Back Report for January 2021

Giving Back Report for January 2021

In January 2021, we raised $3,763.47 for our charity partners. Through January 2021, we have now raised more than $400,000 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.   

John’s partner, his Dad Mark, is fond of saying that it is never enough to just sell stuff.  Our Giving Back program is banked into everything we do and is an essential part of our mission. 

New Charity and Awareness Socks:

 The newest charity and awareness socks – the Firefighter Tribute Socks, the EMT Tribute Socks, the Cerebral Palsy Awareness Socks and the Animal Rescue Awareness Socks were introduced in Fall 2020 and we are excited to be working with our new partners – the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center, the Huntington Community First Aid Squad, UCP-Long Island and North Shore Animal League America.

Firefighter Tribute Socks

 

Giving Back – January 2021

This report covers sales and activities from January 1 through January 31, 2021.

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.  

 Special Olympic Socks

This month, we raised $823.33 for the Special Olympics.

 Donations to Charity Partners

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

Charity

Monthly Donation

LuMind RDS Foundation

$ 61.56

Ability Revolution

$ 39.17

North Shore Animal League America

$ 96.54

Long Island Coalition Against Bullying

$ 4.20

Autism Society of America - Nassau/Suffolk Chapter

$ 41.27

Autism Speaks

$ 41.27

Whaling Museum and Education Center

$ 5.00

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

$ 13.39

UCP-Long Island

$ 12.09

ACDS

$ 96.03

National Down Syndrome Society

$ 133.62

Huntington Community First Aid Squad

$ 18.19

Nassau County Firefighters Museum

$ 27.98

American Nurses Foundation

$ 148.99

Gigi's Playhouse - NYC

$ 2.80

Barbara Bush Family Literacy Foundation

$ 65.75

PS I Love You Day

$ 16.79

Good Samaritan Hospital

$ 145.50

Special Olympics

$ 823.33

 

Donation of Charity Boxes

Every month, we receive many requests for donations of socks and/or boxes of socks that can be used at charity auctions or events to raise money for a multitude of organizations that are doing admirable work on behalf of non-profit groups.  In some months, we have received more than 1,000 requests for sock donations. 

There are many great causes – people working to protect the environment, to advance the arts, to lift people out of poverty, to advance peace – and we want to support many, many causes. Nonetheless, we realize that we can have a better impact focusing on issues concerning people with differing abilities since that resonates best with our overall mission. We do our best to fill as many requests as possible, but we cannot fill every request for even those organizations that are fully aligned with our mission.

John Donating to the Special Olympics

You can request a Charity Box for your organization here

In the past month, we donated 4 boxes to be used at fundraising events associated with the following charitable organizations: 

  • Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress
  • Hand in Hand
  • Dream on 3
  • Special Olympics - Missouri

In addition, we donated socks to a young woman volunteering in a nursing home for her work with patients with Alzheimer’s disease. 

Other Donations

In addition to our monthly charitable donations, donation boxes and sock donations, in January 2021, we donated $1,000 to the National Down Syndrome Society for their upcoming virtual gala. 

Summary 

In summary, we made the following donations in January 2021:

 

  1. Monthly Donations to Charity Partners $ 1,793.47
  2. Charity Boxes $     400
  3. Other Donations $ 1,570.00

 Total                                                               $ 3,763.47

 Charity Fundraising Program

 In August 2020, we started our Charity Fundraising Program.  The program is designed to help non-profit organizations raise much-needed funds especially during the Covid pandemic when most in-person fundraising events have been cancelled. 

 This is how the program works: 

  • We provide the non-profit with a Charity Code, a special discount code that their supporters use during a specified “campaign” period.
  • The non-profit asks its supporters and donors to use that code when making a purchase at the John's Crazy Socks online store.
  • Each customer using the Charity Code receives a free gift with his or her order.
  • The non-profit receives 10 percent of net sales from those orders. 

 We have had several non-profit organizations benefit from this program since its inception.  In January 2021, we had 6 ongoing programs with the following organizations:

 

  • Lynbrook SEPTA [Special Education PTA]
  • Difference Makers – St. John’s University
  • Kiwanis Club of Valley Stream
  • Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia
  • Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Richmond
  • Gigi’s Playhouse – Quad Cities

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

 

10% from the sale of every pair

 

ACLD Socks

 

10% from the sale of every pair

 

Ability Revolution Socks

We created our Ability Revolution Socks to highlight the work and mission of , 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 (NDSS) to support their fight against

10% from the sale of every pair

 

Polar Plunge Socks

The 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

 

10% from the sale of every pair

 

This Superhero Wears Scrubs Socks

 

10% from the sale of every pair

 

Lion Socks and Lioness Socks

 

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

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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Giving Back Report for January 2021