John Cronin, Co-Founder of John’s Crazy Socks, has a special place in his heart for ACDS because he attended their preschool. John welcomed the opportunity to visit ACDS and hand-deliver the quarterly donation check from John’s Crazy Socks.
“I love ACDS,” said John. “I still remember riding the bus and walking in the doors to the school. Everything seemed so big then.”
ACDS provides lifelong education and support for people with differing abilities. These services include preschool education, day care, adult programming and housing on Long Island and Westchester.
John spent time meeting with some ACDS students and their aides and teachers. And he presented the quarterly donation to Megan Lombardo, the Chief Operating Officer for ACDS.
Megan Lombardo greeted John warmly and said, “You are a role model for our students. And we so appreciate your support and generosity.”
The Giving Back Program at John’s Crazy Socks
The donation to ACDS is part of Giving Back program at John’s Crazy Socks which has donated over $650,000 to charity partners like ACDS.
“We appreciate the work that ACDS does so it is important to show our gratitude by supporting their work with our donations,” said Mark X. Cronin, John’s co-founder and father.
John’s Crazy Socks donates 10 percent from the sale of its Down syndrome-themed products to ACDS and the National Down Syndrome Society. “Our customers know that when they buy our socks, they are supporting our Giving Back program. Each of our customers becomes a philanthropist.
Based on Long Island, ACDS provides lifetime resources of exceptional quality, innovation, and inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities and their families. Their programs serve three broad age groups: Early childhood and preschool years, 5 years plus, and adult years. You can learn more about ACDS at their website (www.acds.org).
When John first attended ACDS, they were called the Association for Children with Down Syndrome. They operated out of temporary space in Bellmore, New York. Today, they have broadened their mission to serve children with differing abilities, moved to larger, permanent quarters in Plainview, New York, expanded into a facility in Scarsdale in Westchester County and will soon open a second facility in Westchester. They have moved beyond preschool programs to offer a host of services that support people across their lifespan.
About John’s Crazy Socks
John’s Crazy Socks was inspired by John Lee Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome, and his love of colorful and fun socks—what he calls his “crazy socks.” He and his father, Mark X. Cronin, started the company as a social enterprise with a mission of Spreading Happiness™. With more than 4,000 socks, John’s Crazy Socks is now the world’s largest sock store. More than half their employees have a differing ability, and their Giving Back program has raised over $650,000 for charity partners like the Special Olympics, the National Down Syndrome Society, and the Autism Society of America. Most of all, they are Spreading Happiness™.
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