Spreading Happiness through Socks

John Lee Cronin

The son in our father-son duo, John is the face of the business and our inspiration. After all, it was John’s deep and abiding love for his “crazy socks” that gave rise to this venture. John has long maintained his personal style that does not confirm to whims of the fashion industry or dictates of others: it is a style the makes manifest his spirit and personality. His colorful, fun and often whimsical socks (Bacon!) are just part of who he is.

John was born with Downs syndrome but does not find that limiting; instead, it is simply a characteristic like you might have red hair or be tall. Yes, he had to overcome some early medical challenges (e.g., intestinal by-pass surgery on his second day and open heart surgery before reaching three months), but since then he has thrived. He is defined less by that genetic condition and more by his enthusiasm, warmth and engagement with the world and the people around him.

For the past 16 years, John has roamed the hallways of schools in the Huntington School District, taking both special education and “regular” classes ranging from life skills to photography. He was active in the chorus, the Grandfriend’s Club and Relay for Life. In his final year at the school, he spends his morning studying life skills at the high school and then studying retailing at the tech school in the afternoon.  

For a young man, John has strong work experience. In the summer, he worked in the kitchen at a local day camp, Camp Alvernia. For several years, he worked as the mail clerk at the Schlitt Law Firm. Arriving at the office every day after school, John maintained the mail supplies and stamps and made the daily run to post office, sorting envelopes and packages for the fastest delivery. He also assisted in general maintenance of the office, handling the shredding, running errands and helping out wherever he could.

Since an early age, John devoted himself to Special Olympics activities. He engages in snowshoe, basketball, track, soccer, floor hockey and bowling. His efforts have won John numerous medals and invitations to the New York State Games for soccer, track and snowshoe. In fact, John has been named an alternate to the U.S. National Snowshoe Team for the Special Olympics World Games in March 2017.

We will donate a portion of our revenues to the Special Olympics, but John has long given back to the organization. Each November, he dives into freezing water as part of than annual Polar Plunge to raise money for the Special Olympics.  And he has walked the runway as a model for a Special Olympics fashion show. This experience will enable him to model some of our socks.

John Lee Cronin 2Here at John’s Crazy Socks, John helps pick out the socks as he searches online and through a myriad of stores to find the next special pair of socks. He has responsibility for making sure our packages get to the Post Office each day. And he’s our ambassador, extolling the virtues, beauty and wonders of socks. He’s got his name above the door, so you know he’s checking to make sure we fulfill our promises.