Thanks to Memes, Bernie Sanders’ Mittens Raise $1.8M, Crocheted Doll Raises $20k For Charity
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders inspired a meme fest with one of his pictures from the presidential inauguration on January 20. He looked like a grumpy old man, sitting with his arms and legs crossed. While some of the internet users made fun of Sanders’ grumpy look, many were left in awe of his recycled wool mittens.
On Thursday when Sanders uploaded “Chairman Sanders” merchandise on his website, he received a heartwarming response with the first run sold out in less than 30 minutes. The mittens that became a viral sensation, thanks to the numerous memes, helped raise $1.8 million in the last five days for the charitable organisations in Vermont.
The popular “Chairman Sanders” merchandise include T-shirts, sweatshirts and stickers.
“Jane and I were amazed by all the creativity shown by so many people over the last week, and we’re glad we can use my internet fame to help Vermonters in need,” Sanders said in a statement.
“But even this amount of money is no substitute for action by Congress, and I will be doing everything I can in Washington to make sure working people in Vermont and across the country get the relief they need in the middle of the worst crisis we’ve faced since the Great Depression,” he added.
In Texas, Tobey King used her crocheting skills to create a cute crochet doll out of Sanders’ viral look. She sold the doll for $20,300 and decided to donate the money for charity.
“On Inauguration Day, when I saw that that meme was trending, I said, ‘Oh, I’m going to go get that pattern, I’m going to modify it real quick to make it look like his inauguration outfit. I made that in about seven hours,” she said as quoted by Reuters.
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