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Giving Back

Our Giving Back Program

 

At John’s Crazy Socks, we believe it is not enough to simply sell things, companies need to give back. Giving Back is at the heart of all we do. The need to Give Back is baked into everything we do. Each purchase feeds our Giving Back program and enables us to do more for our charity partners.

From the day we opened, we have pledged to donate 5% of our earnings to the Special Olympics. After all, John and many of our colleagues are Special Olympic athletes and we see first-hand the many benefits of that organization. As we have grown, we have also grown our Giving Back Program. It now includes our Charity and Awareness Socks that raise money for our charity partners like the National Down Syndrome Society and the Autism Society of America. We donate 5%of the sales of our Sock of the Month Club to the Special Olympics.

In creating our Giving Back Program, we create a pact with our customers. Therefore, each month, we publish a Giving Back Report on  our website to let our customers know what money we raised that month and where it went.

Giving Back to the Special Olympics

We pledge 5% of our monthly earnings to the Special Olympics. 5% of sales from our Sock of the Month Club are donated to the Special Olympics, also. In addition, each sale of Shark Socks and Polar Plunge Socks results in a donation to the Special Olympics. Here are the specific donations we make to the Special Olympics:

 

Item

Donation

Earnings

5 percent

Shark Socks

$2 from every pair sold

Polar Plunge Socks

$1 from every pair sold

Sock of the Month Subscription

5% from every sale

 

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 graphic tabulates our selection of Charity and Awareness Socks.

Sock

Charity Partner(s)

Amount Given Per Sock

Autism Awareness Socks

Autism Society of America (Nassau/Suffolk Chapter) and Autism Speaks

$2 from each pair of socks. The crew cost $12 and the knee-high cost $15.

Down Syndrome Awareness Socks

ACDS

and

National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)

$2 from each pair of socks. The crew cost $12 and the knee-high cost $15.

Down Syndrome Super Hero Socks

ACDS

and

National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)

$2 from each pair of these $9 socks.

Williams Syndrome Awareness Socks

Williams Syndrome Association

$2 from each pair of socks. The crew cost $12 and the knee-high cost $15.

Blue Whale Socks

Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor

$1 from an $8 pair of socks.

Breast Cancer Awareness Socks

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

10 percent from a $6 pair of socks ($0.60).

Shark Socks

Special Olympics

$2 from each pair of socks. The crew cost $12 and the knee-high cost $15.

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. 

$2 from each pair of these $12 socks goes to ACLD.

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.

$2 from each pair of these $12 socks goes to Ability Revolution.

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.”

$2 from each pair of these $12 socks goes to the National Down Syndrome Society.

Polar Plunge Socks

The Special Olympics often sponsor Polar Plunge as fundraising events. We want these socks to add to the fun.

$1 from each pair of $9 socks goes to the Special Olympics

Library Books for Literacy Socks

These socks honor Barbara Bush and President Bush’s devotion to his wife and her support of literacy.

Profits for these socks go to the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

John’s Crazy Socks Sock

These socks support Gigi’s Playhouse in New York City.

$1 from each pair of these socks goes to Gigi’s Playhouse.

 

 

Why the Special Olympics?

John loves the Special Olympics and has greatly benefited from his participation as a Special Olympic athlete, so giving to the Special Olympics is only natural for us. Part of the reason is that our namesake, John Cronin, is a Special Olympic athlete. Just look at the list of sports in which John competes: snowshoe, basketball, track, soccer, floor hockey and bowling. His experiences with the Special Olympics have helped him to grow into the young man he is today.

Some of the benefits come from simply having the opportunity to play games and learn a sport. John is typical of many of the athletes. As a person with Down syndrome, he has low muscle tone so the chance to run up and down the basketball court once a week and push a puck around the floor hockey floor is important. But it is more then that. The Special Olympics are about training and competition. The athletes learn what it means to commit to an activity and to work hard for a goal. John competes on a snowshoe team that only has two meets a year, usually in late January and early February. But he and his teammates train all summer on a beach. How great to learn how to put in the effort now for a long term goal?

The sports activities are real. We have seen a soccer team grow from a point where passing was hard, to know playing exciting games with all the strategy and skill of a “regular” soccer team. The same for watching improvement in basketball where the athletes could barely dribble the ball to a point where they run beautiful pick and roll plays. And the competition is real. The winner gets a gold, second gets a silver and third gets a bronze. These athletes strive as hard as Michael Jordan to achieve victory.

Special Olympics nurtures socialization opportunities for these athletes. The experience of playing on a team and learning to depend and work with teammates is as valuable for them as it is for a typical athlete. But there are other opportunities like the local dances. When the athletes travel to away competitions – John has participated in the New York State Games for many years – they travel as a team and stay in hotels like any team, away from parents. It lets them know they are growing up or grown up and have the ability to do for themselves.

This program helps more than just the athletes. Parents and families get to watch and cheer as these athletes rise to heights no one may have imagined. John’s Dad and two brothers, Patrick and James, have coached Special Olympics. James, who coached basketball, may have benefited more than the athletes in his charge. He learned empathy to understand autistic players. He became more sensitive to differences and developed strategies for working with a diverse group, all skills that have served him well as he has gone on in his life. 

For these reasons and many more, we love the Special Olympics and donate 5% of all the money we make to that cause. If you feel so inclined, you can donate to the Special Olympics right now by clicking here.

If you have questions or comments about our Giving Back Program, please email us at service@johnscrazysocks.com.

 

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