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Giving Back at John's Crazy Socks

Giving Back at John's Crazy Socks

Giving Back is an essential part of our mission at John’s Crazy Socks. Giving Back is baked into everything we do. The idea is simple: we do not believe it is enough to just sell things, we have to give back. Giving back is a way of say thank you and expressing our gratitude. Giving back is a way to serve our community. Giving Back is an essential part of our social enterprise.

John with Check for Special Olympics

We Give Back in many ways:

  • We pledge 5% of our earnings to the Special Olympics.
  • We donate 5 percent from our Sock of the Month Club to the Special Olympics
  • We donate 10 percent from our awareness socks to our charity partners
  • We donate boxes of socks to non-profits to use in fundraising efforts such as auctions and raffles.
  • We support local and selected charities with donations.
  • We operate a Charity Fundraising Program to help non-profits raise money.

As of September 2020, we have raised over $375,000 through our Giving Back Program.

Giving Back to the Special Olympics

John and many of our colleagues are Special Olympic athletes and we see first-hand the many benefits of that organization. Without the Special Olympics, there would be no John’s Crazy Socks. John has learned many valuable skills and values through competing in the Special Olympics.

John competing in Special Olympics Snowshoe

From the day we opened, we have pledged to donate 5% of our earnings to the Special Olympics. When we added our Sock of the Month offering, we committed 5% from the subscriptions to the Special Olympics. Thus, every time you purchase a subscription to the Sock of the Month, you are making a donation to the Special Olympics.

We have created special socks that both celebrate the Special Olympics and raise money for them.

  • Polar Plunge Socks: John does a Polar Plunge every year to support the Special Olympics and we created Polar Plunge Socks both to celebrate the Polar Plunges, but also to raise money. We donate 10 percent from the sale of those socks to the Special Olympics.
  • Shark Socks: John plays basketball and competes in track and field with the Commack Sharks. He loves that team so much that John designed Shark Socks and we donate 10% from the sale of those shark socks to the Special Olympics.

John and Andrew with Shark Socks

Beyond these donations, John and John’s Crazy Socks does all we can to support the Special Olympics:

  • Polar Plunge: Each year, we enter a team in the Polar Plunge to raise money for the Special Olympics and have raised thousands of dollars through those efforts.
  • Giving Tuesday: On Giving Tuesday, we donate $1 for every order placed with John’s Crazy Socks to the Special Olympics.
  • Donations of Gift Boxes: We donate boxes of socks for auctions and raffles that the Special Olympics uses to raise money.
  • Custom Products: We have made custom socks and masks for the Special Olympics that they have re-sold as fundraisers or used as incentives for donors.
  • Supporting Fundraisers: John has assisted at many special Olympic fundraisers and gotten onstage to help raise money. At John's Crazy Socks, we use our social media and email list to promote special Olympic fundraiser events.

All of these efforts with the Special Olympics are a crucial part of our Giving Back program.

Awareness Socks: Socks that Give Back

We have created a growing list of socks and masks that support certain causes and raise money for those causes. We donate 10 percent from the sales of these socks to a charity partner.

The first of these socks that we introduced were our Down Syndrome Awareness Socks. John designed these socks and they celebrate people with Down syndrome. The Socks also raised money to support Down syndrome causes. We donate 10% from the sale of these socks two the National Down Syndrome Society and a local group ACDS that operates schools and social programs for people with Down syndrome.  

Awareness Socks

Here is the list of Awareness Items that raise money for our charity partners:

Product

Charity Partner

"Forget Me Not" Alzheimer's Awareness Socks Unisex Crew Sock

LuMind RDS Foundation

Ability Revolution Socks Unisex Crew Sock

Ability Revolution

ACLD Crew Socks

ACLD Foundation

Animal Rescue Cat Stripes Socks

North Shore Animal League America

Animal Rescue Dog Park Socks

North Shore Animal League America

Animal Rescue Pets Adopt Don't Shop Socks

North Shore Animal League America

Cat Rescue My Favorite Cat is Rescue Socks

North Shore Animal League America

Dog Rescue My Favorite Dog is Rescue Socks

North Shore Animal League America

Anti-Bullying Sock

Long Island Coalition Against Bullying

Autism Awareness Socks Unisex Crew Sock

Autism Society of America - Nassau/Suffolk Chapter and Autism Speaks

Autism Awareness Socks Unisex Knee High Sock

Autism Society of America - Nassau/Suffolk Chapter and Autism Speaks

Blue Whale Socks Women's Crew Sock

Whaling Museum

Breast Cancer Awareness Socks Women's Crew Sock

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

Breast Cancer Awareness Socks Women's Knee-High Sock

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

Bus Puzzle Piece Autism Awareness Socks Unisex Crew Sock

Autism Society of America - Nassau/Suffolk Chapter and Autism Speaks

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Pattern Crew Sock

UCP-Long Island

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Pattern Knee High Sock

UCP-Long Island

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Watercolor Crew Sock

UCP-Long Island

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Watercolor Knee High Sock

UCP-Long Island

Down Syndrome Awareness Socks Unisex Crew Sock

ACDSand National Down Syndrome Society

Down Syndrome Awareness Socks Unisex Knee High Sock

ACDS and National Down Syndrome Society

Down Syndrome Superhero Boy Socks Unisex Crew Sock

ACDS and National Down Syndrome Society

Down Syndrome Superhero Girl Socks Children's Crew Sock

ACDS and National Down Syndrome Society

EMT Tribute Socks

Huntington Community First Aid Squad

Firefighters Tribute Sock

Nassau County Firefighters Museum

Healthcare Superhero Sock Crew Socks

American Nurses Foundation

John's Crazy Socks Logo Socks

Gigi's Playhouse - NYC

John's Patriotic Firework Socks Unisex Crew Sock

LuMind RDS Foundation

Law Syndrome Socks Unisex Crew Sock

National Down Syndrome Society

Library Socks for Literacy Men's Crew Sock

Barbara Bush Family Literacy Foundation

Library Socks for Literacy Women's Crew Sock

Barbara Bush Family Literacy Foundation

Library Socks for Literacy Women's Knee High Sock

Barbara Bush Family Literacy Foundation

Lion Socks Unisex Crew Socks

HeartShare

Lioness Socks Unisex Crew Socks

HeartShare

Navy Striped Rockin' Down Syndrome Socks Junior Crew Sock

ACDS and National Down Syndrome Society

Navy Striped Rockin' Down Syndrome - Unisex Crew Sock

ACDS and National Down Syndrome Society

Navy Striped Rockin' Down Syndrome Socks Unisex Knee High Sock

AACDS and National Down Syndrome Society

Pink Football Tube Socks for Breast Cancer Awareness

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness Socks Women's Ankle Sock

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

P.S. I Love You - Suicide Awareness Socks Unisex Crew Sock

PS I Love You Day

Polar Plunge Socks for the Special Olympics

Special Olympics

President George H.W. Bush Tribute Socks Unisex Crew Sock

Barbara Bush Family Literacy Foundation

Rockin' Down Syndrome Socks Unisex Crew Sock

ACDS and National Down Syndrome Society

Rockin' Down Syndrome Unisex Knee High Sock

ACDS and National Down Syndrome Society

Rockin Down Syndrome Socks Junior Crew Sock

ACDS and National Down Syndrome Society

Shark Crew Socks Unisex Crew Sock

Special Olympics

This Superhero Wears Scrubs Sock Crew Socks

Good Samaritan Hospital

Williams Syndrome Awareness Crew Socks

Williams Syndrome Association

 

Donating Boxes of Socks to Support Charitable Efforts

We receive many requests for donations. Because we have committed such a significant portion of our revenue to our charity partners, we are not able to make additional cash donations. However, we do support groups by donating boxes of socks that they can use to raise money through raffles and auctions.

We have received very positive feedback from organizations to whom we have donated boxes of socks. They report that these donations are among the most sought after items in their auctions. That makes us very happy.

Because these items have become so popular, we receive many, many requests. In some months, we have received over 1,000 requests to donate a box of socks. Obviously, we cannot meet that demand. We send out a certain number of boxes each month and while we would like to support many causes, we focus on supporting organizations that work with people with differing abilities.

You can learn more about this donation program and make a request for a donation 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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