Wow. One of the last times I posted one of these Good News posts for We Are The World Blogfest, it was about Stephen Hawking, when he released his thesis. I’m still sad every time that I’m reminded that he has passed on, but I know his contributions to all of us were something to celebrate. So that’s how I like to think of him – as a gift to be thankful for.
Anyway, onto today’s Good News… about socks.
Good News for A Family
Earlier this month, thanks and a special proclamation were given to a small, family-owned New York sock business with a unique message.
“John’s Crazy Socks is guided by one simple rule: treat people the way you want to be treated… and John’s Crazy Socks gives back to the community in many ways, most prominently through the donation of 5% of earnings to the Special Olympics.” – Counsilman Tom Donnelly
How’s that for a company created in the unique taste of a young man with Down Syndrome?
What It Is
John Lee Cronin always loved socks. He spent years looking for the kind of socks that spoke loudly about what was in his heart and who he was as a person, and ended up with quite the collection.
“I love crazy socks, they are colorful and fun. They let me be me. My catch phrase is socks, socks, and more socks. The more people that have my socks, the more happiness we can spread.” – John Cronin
John’s dad, Mark, helped him realize his dream in 2016 when they opened John’s Crazy Socks. Since then, they have donated thousands of dollars to the Special Olympics, and, in the interest of disclosure, post how much they contribute every month. They also make a point to hire people with disabilities.
“We are showing what’s possible when you give someone a chance.” – Mark Cronin
Good News for the World
What does this mean for the world?
It means opportunity. John and Mark are giving the people they work with — and the people the Special Olympics serves — opportunities that they may not have had before.
It means a new message. Everyone in this world is unique. We are all differently abled, but when we are given a shot, there is no limit to what we can achieve.
And it means more socks! I love socks, especially fun ones with designs that make me smile. I’m definitely going to make an order as soon as I can make a decision. With thousands of designs to choose from, John’s Crazy Socks aren’t making it easy on me!
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