Company to donate 10 percent of sales from their ASL Sign Language Awareness Socks to the Lexington School for the Deaf
John Cronin, co-founder of John’s Crazy Socks and award-winning entrepreneur with Down Syndrome, and his father and co-founder, Mark X. Cronin, recently visited the Lexington School for the Deaf to give an inspirational presentation and unveil their “I Love You” American Sign Language socks. The Company will donate 10 percent from the sales of those socks to the Lexington School for the Deaf.
“We love the students at the Lexington School and what the School does for people,” said John Cronin.
“We loved the presentation that John and Mark gave,” said Frank Dattolo, Upper School Principal, “and these socks are so encouraging for our students and all people with hearing challenges.”
“Giving Back is baked into everything we do, said Mark X. Cronin. “We are so happy to support the work of the Lexington School for the Deaf and the celebrate the accomplishments are people who are deaf.”
Socks Created by a Customer
“I Love You” American Sign Language socks were designed by Sierra Sapack, winner of the First Annual Sock Design Contest sponsored by John’s Crazy Socks. As the winner, Sierra received $1,000, John’s Crazy Socks produced her socks and Sierra got to choose the charity theme she wanted the socks to support.
John Cronin said, “We have the best customers in the world. They love their socks and they are so creative.”
John and Mark kicked off their fun-filled visit to the Lexington School by giving an interactive presentation about their business journey and success story to some of the school’s high school students. The father-son duo have overcome many obstacles along the way and continue to prove to the world that people with differing abilities can make a significant impact in the business world. John left the students with this inspiring message.
“Follow your dreams and your heart. Work hard to show people what you can do to make a positive impact in this world,” said John Cronin, co-founder of John’s Crazy Socks.
The father-son duo concluded their visit by attending the school’s dance recital where they unveiled their “I Love You Socks” to the Lexington School. John and Mark provided schoolchildren and faculty with gifts of socks complimentary of John’s Crazy Socks to celebrate the dancers and their performance.
About the Lexington School for the Deaf
Lexington School for the Deaf, the largest school for the deaf in New York State, has been providing educational services to deaf students since its founding in 1864. Originally located on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, the school relocated to East Elmhurst, Queens in the late 1960s. Because Lexington is a non-profit, New York State-supported 4201 school, we are able to offer a tuition-free education to our students.
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 $500,000 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™.