Giving Back Report for June 2022

Giving Back Report for June 2022 

In June 2022, we raised $1,818.49 for our charity partners. Through June 2022, we have now raised more than $521,644 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.   

New Awareness Sock: American Sign Language I Love You Sock 

In June, we introduced our newest awareness sock – the American Sign Language I Love You Sock.  The sock was designed by the winner of our 2021 Design a Sock Contest – Sierra Sapack – and features a beautiful design of a hand with “I Love You” in sign language.  We have wanted to add a sock highlighting hearing-impaired awareness for a while and we just needed this memorable design to make it a reality.  As with all of our awareness collection, we donate 10% of the sales of each pair to an organization affiliated with the issue and, in this case, we selected the Lexington School for the Deaf. The school, located in New York City, was established in 1864, and is the largest school for deaf students in the state of New York. 

On June 2, John and Mark visited the Lexington School to tour the facility, meet the administration and students and were enormously impressed by the work they do every day.  John’s Crazy Socks is proud to have the Lexington School as our newest charity partner! 

Event: Townwide Fund Gala 

On June 9, John and Mark Cronin attended the Townwide Fund of Huntington Diamond Gala.  This is a special event for us because the Townwide Fund is a charitable organization with a long and successful history in our hometown, Huntington, New York.  For the past 60 years, the Townwide Fund has striven to collectively raise the quality of life in the Town of Huntington by funding vital health and human services for underserved residents through local charities.  John loves to get dressed up and network with people and the setting – Oheka Castle – is so beautiful that everyone was in wonderful spirits. 

One of the highlights of the evening was the live auction.  John’s Crazy Socks donated a “Design Your Own Custom Socks” experience as an auction item and John and Mark were their own auctioneers to promote the bidding.  Incredibly, after a few minutes, there was a bid of $6,000 for the experience and then a second bidder emerged to match the winning bid.  So, in a matter of a few minutes, John and John’s Crazy Socks was able to help raise $12,000 for the Townwide Fund to continue their work of providing support, programs, and services to persons in need in our local community.  Truly, this was a fun, and rewarding, evening for everyone. 

Event: Keller Williams – Carolinas 2022 Culture Summit 

On June 21, John and Mark were in Charlotte, North Carolina as the keynote speakers at the annual Culture Summit of the Carolinas 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 – June 2022 

This report covers sales and activities from June 1 through June 30, 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 $352.72 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

$      62.31

American Cancer Society

 $        7.30

American Nurses Foundation

 $        7.39

Barbara Bush Family Literacy Foundation

 $      25.78

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

 $        9.49

Heartshare Human Services of New York

 $        5.39

Huntington Community First Aid Squad

 $        9.79

Lexington School for the Deaf

 $   148.29

LuMind Research Down Syndrome Foundation

 $        7.00

Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center

 $      11.19

Nassau Suffolk Chapter of the Autism Society of America

 $   112.22

National Down Syndrome Society

 $   133.86

North Shore Animal League America

 $      35.98

PS I Love You Day

 $        2.80

Special Olympics

 $   352.72

The Whaling Museum and Education Center

 $      13.79

UCP-Long Island

 $      15.89

William Syndrome Association

 $        7.30

 

Donation of Boxes of Socks 

In addition, we donated 7 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:

 

·         Superheroes for Autism

·         Olive Osmond Hearing Fund - New York Chapter

·         Misericordia Heart of Mercy Center

·         Strong Poss-Abilities

·         The Jane Guido Foundation

·         St. Anthony's Alumni Association

·         Zachary Fazekas Memorial Foundation

 

Other Donations 

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

Summary 

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

  1. Monthly Donations to Charity Partners                    $  968.49   
  2. Charity Boxes                                                                $   850.00
  3. Other Donations                                                            $   150.00

 Total                                                                                      $   1,818.49 

 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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Giving Back Report for June 2022