John’s Crazy Socks has introduced Firefighter Tribute Socks to celebrate and thank firefighters for the work they do for all of us. The Company will donate 10 percent from the sale of these socks to the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center.
To formally introduce the socks, John Cronin, co-founder and Chief Happiness Officer at John’s Crazy Socks, joined with the Firefighter Museum and Fire Department Leaders from Nassau County. He kicked off the day at the Museum along with Nassau County Executive Laura Curren. John then hopped aboard an antique fire truck to visit half a dozen fire houses to personally thank the volunteer firefighters and to hand out socks.
John said, “My uncle is a retired fireman and I have friends who are firefighters. They do such important work. They put themselves at risk to take care of all of us. I am so happy we could make these Firefighter Socks.”
John’s Crazy Socks was founded by the father son duo of John and Mark X. Cronin and they are committed to showing what people with differing abilities can do. John is not only an award-winning entrepreneur, but he also has Down syndrome. More than half their employees have a differing ability.
Anthony D'Esposito, a Board Member at the Museum, a volunteer firefighter in Island Park and Hempstead Town Council Member, said, “John and John’s Crazy Socks represent entrepreneurism at its best. They have created a business that gives jobs to the disabled and gives back to the community. We love the support that they give to the brave volunteers of our fire departments.”
“We love what John and Mark have done with John’s Crazy Socks,” said Alana Petrocelli, the Executive Director of the Firefighter Museum. “They are so supportive of all firefighters and they are supporters of the Museum.
In October 2019, the Firefighter Museum named John and Mark the winners of the Firefighters Humanitarian Award.
The Firefighter Socks are available at the John’s Crazy Socks online store and sell for $13.99 a pair. The Company donates 10 percent from the sale of the firefighter socks to the Firefighter Museum. In addition, John’s Crazy Socks donates 5 percent of its earnings to the Special Olympics. John is a Special Olympics athlete.
Mark X. Cronin, John’s co-founder and father, said, “Last year, we spoke at the Firefighter Museum’s annual gala and made a promise to make a pair of socks to celebrate the heroism of firefighters. We are glad to make good on that promise.”
About the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center
The Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center is a nearly 10,000 square foot interactive facility where individuals, families and groups can experience first-hand the proud tradition of firefighting in our communities. Visitors can also trace the history of firefighting in Nassau County with hands-on exhibits that feature antique and contemporary fire apparatus and gear.
The Firefighters Education Center is located in the heart of Nassau County at Mitchel Field, in an area now known as Museum Row. A café, museum store, and restrooms are conveniently located in this visitor facility. The Education Center is open daily, Wednesday through Sunday from 10 AM to 4PM. Call the Museum office at (516) 572-4177.
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 built on four pillars:
- Inspiration and Hope: We hire people with differing abilities, share videos to show what people can do, host school tours and school groups that come for work experience. We want the world to see what people with differing abilities can do.
- Giving Back: We donate 5 percent of our earnings to the Special Olympics and raise money through our Sock of the Month Club and charity and awareness socks for our charity partners like Autism Speaks, the Autism Society of America, the National Down Syndrome Society, and the Williams Syndrome Association. We have raised more than $375,000 for our charity partners and publish a monthly Giving Back Report.
- Fun Products You Can Love: We have over 2,000 different socks plus a Sock of the Month Club, gift boxes and gift bags. And our selection is matched by our customer service: Most customers receive their socks within two days of ordering.
- Making It Personal: Every package gets a thank-you note from John and some candy.