Helping students learn how to be entrepreneurs is just one of the benefits of a father son business that is “on a mission to spread happiness through socks.”

John’s Crazy Socks was started by John Lee Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome, and his father, Mark X. Cronin. John has a love of fun socks that are colorful, and calls them his “crazy socks.” The business is built on love, and more.

They offer over 1,200 socks, with fast and personal same day shipping. The company also practices giving back, with donations from each sale to causes such as Special Olympics, Down syndrome, Autism awareness, and breast cancer research. John delivers packages personally to customers who are local. Each order is packed by hand, and sent with a thank you note from John and candy.

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The business shows what is possible. It was started by a man with Down syndrome and they hire people with disabilities. John is studying retail and customer service at the local tech high school. His dad Mark leads an organization which develops niche online stores and information sites. For many years John has participated in Special Olympics, and is an enthusiastic supporter.

John and Mark show others what is possible by giving tours of their office and warehouse to school groups. Students learn how the business started, how packages are assembled and orders filled, and participate in a short video finding out how to be entrepreneurs. Each student goes home with a bag containing socks, discount cards and candy. There is no cost for tours, and school groups can book them in advance.

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