John’s Crazy Socks sponsored an event for non-profits put on by the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce and our co-founders, John and Mark X. Cronin, were out meeting with local and community leaders.
“I grew up in Huntington and we started John’s Crazy Socks in Huntington,” said John Cronin. “It is important for us to give back and support our community. I love meeting with other business leaders and asking how we can help them.”
Providing Services for Small Businesses and Non-Profits
John’s Crazy Socks donated money to help sponsor this morning’s event and set up a table to share information about our services for businesses and non-profits. “We have a mission to spread happiness,” said Mark X. Cronin. “And John will tell you that the keys to happiness are gratitude and doing for others. The more we do for others, the better off we are.”
“We ask non-profits what we can do for them and that’s how we developed our Charity Fundraising Program, our Donation Request Initiative and Custom Sock services to meet their needs. We make custom socks with the designs and colors of non-profits that they can sell to raise money or offer as thank you gifts for donors. Many use the socks in swag bags at gala fundraisers or golf tournaments.”
We ask businesses what we can do for them and that’s how we developed our custom sock program making socks for businesses large (Microsoft, Merck, Google) and small (lawyers, accountants, service companies). People love getting the socks, they wear them and they think of the company that gave them the socks. Plus, people have enough t-shirts and coffee mugs. Plus, we offer concierge gift services so we can arrange the perfect gift sets for employees or customers. We also offer fulfillment services and assembly services so if you need a package put together for a gala or conference, we can do it for you.”
John and Mark are frequent guest speakers at community group events including Chambers of Commerce, Rotary Clubs and more.
Giving Back to the Our Community
John’s Crazy Socks has shipped over 420,000 packages to 88 different countries, but we always remember that our roots are on Long Island and it is important to engage in our local community. One way we do that is by supporting local businesses through the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce. Mark serves on the board of the Chamber and we often sponsor events such as the Non-Profit Networking event.
Mark said, “It is important that as a business we give back to our community. We serve all of our stakeholders and that includes our employees, our customers and our community.”
Deep Roots in the Town of Huntington
John’s Crazy Socks and the Cronin family have deep roots in Huntington. Mark’s family moved to the town in 1959 and he grew up here. Mark and his wife Carol moved their family to Huntington in 1997.
John’s Crazy Socks sprang to life in the Town of Huntington. John attended Huntington High School and entered his last year of school in the fall of 2016. Unable to find meaningful work, John decided to create his own job. He told his father that they should go into business together. John had the idea to sell socks since he wore crazy socks his whole life. “They are fun, colorful, creative and always let me be me.”
John and Mark found temporary office space in Huntington Village which is where John’s Crazy Socks began. They opened for business in December of 2016 and since most of the first orders were local, the father-son team made home deliveries, driving round the town for John to knock on doors and deliver socks. As business grew, they relocated to a warehouse and office space in Melville in the southern part of the Town.
Many of our employees live in Huntington and many are graduates of Huntington area high schools including Huntington, Half Hollow Hills (East and West), Wilson Tech and Walt Whitman High Schools.
While they have recently moved into a larger space a mile from their second location, the firm maintains its roots in Huntington. The Cronin family lives in Huntington Village and are active in community affairs. In addition to Mark serving on the Board of the Huntington Chamber of Commerce, they continue to work with area high schools to promote employment for people with differing abilities.
John’s Crazy Socks has an extensive Giving Back program that starts with a pledge of five percent of earnings to the Special Olympics. They have created numerous awareness and tribute socks to celebrate causes and raise money for those causes. John has designed EMT Tribute Socks and donates 10 percent from the sale of those socks to the Huntington Community First Aid Squad (HCFAS).
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 $600,000 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™.
For more information about John’s Crazy Socks, visit our webpage, Facebook page, Instagram account, TikTok or YouTube channel. You can also contact us at 631-760-5625 or via email at email@example.com.