Giving Back Report for July 2022

Giving Back Report for July 2022 

In July 2022, we raised $2,181.80 for our charity partners. Through July 2022, we have now raised more than $524,462 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: Life-DSR Study 

On July 15, John travelled with his parents to Boston, Massachusetts for an initial medical evaluation at Massachusetts General Hospital.  John is not ill, but John decided to participate in a study conducted at Mass General in conjunction with LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation to study the medical correlation between Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease.  Many adults with Down syndrome are diagnosed with Alzeheimer’s disease earlier than the general population – usually by their mid-50’s.  Studying individuals with Down syndrome and following their medical conditions for several years [starting in their mid-20’s] may help researchers and medical professionals develop more effective treatments for Alzheimer’s and, hopefully, a cure for this heart-breaking disease. 

John felt that it was important that he be involved in this study because he knows that his participation can theoretically help many more people.  John, like many folks, does not like needles but, when it came time for him to have his blood drawn for numerous tests, he left Mom and Dad and went with the technician to have the blood draw on his own to demonstrate his independence.  He was so proud of himself. 

John is now looking forward to his annual visits to Mass General.  There’s nothing better than visiting Boston and eating lobster every day! 

Event: Keller Williams – Michigan/Northern Ohio 2022 Culture Summit 

On July 26, John and Mark were in Perrysburg, Ohio as the keynote speakers at the annual Culture Summit of the Michigan/Northern Ohio region of Keller Williams Realty.  The subject of the speech was “Spreading Happiness Through Company Culture and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion”. 

John and Mark spoke to about 300 real estate professionals who, at first, were skeptical as to how informative a speech by a father and son sock-selling team could be.  By the end of the presentation, the crowd was on their feet, and everyone lined up to take a photograph with John.  

As John and Mark say, one of their primary missions is to demonstrate what’s possible when you give an individual with a differing ability an opportunity.  John demonstrates that every day and now hundreds of real estate professional in the southeast US know that too.  

Giving Back – July 2022 

This report covers sales and activities from July 1 through July 31, 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 $275.01 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

ACDS

$      62.41 

American Nurses Foundation

$      12.58 

Barbara Bush Family Literacy Foundation

 $      11.39

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

 $        6.45

Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation

$        2.80 

Huntington Community First Aid Squad

 $      30.78

Lexington School for the Deaf

 $      50.36

Long Island Coalition Against Bullying

 $        1.40

LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation

 $        4.20

Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center

 $      32.18

Nassau Suffolk Chapter of the Autism Society of America

 $      25.58

National Down Syndrome Society

 $   127.77

North Shore Animal League America

$      14.89 

Special Olympics

 $   275.01

The Whaling Museum and Education Center

 $        4.40

William Syndrome Association

$        5.60 

 

Donation of Boxes of Socks 

In addition, we donated 17 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: 

·         ARC Herkimer

·         The Hagedorn Little Village School

·         League of Human Dignity

·         Building Blocks for Kids

·         Champaign Residential Services

·         The Warren Center

·         Mexia State Supported Living Center - MSSLC Volunteer Council

·         ARC of Jackson County

·         National Catholic Partnership on Disability

·         Power Plant Gym

·         Heart House Inclusive Productions

·         Caitlyns Vision

·         Beyond Boundaries

·         North Texas SNAP

·         Kayla & Theo Swope

·         ARC Ocean County

 

Other Donations 

In addition to our monthly charitable donations and sock donations, in July 2022, we donated $150.00 to Special Olympics. 

Summary 

In summary, we made the following donations in July 2022: 

  1. Monthly Donations to Charity Partners                    $     667.80
  2. Charity Boxes                                                                $   2,000.00
  3. Other Donations                                                          $      150.00 

Total                                                                                      $   2,817.80  

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

American Sign Language I Love You Socks

Lexington School for the Deaf

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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