George H.W. Bush Honors Barbara with Library Socks for Literacy

At Barbara Bush's funeral on Saturday in Houston, Tex., former President George H.W. Bush honored his wife of 73 years and her decades-long work to promote literacy by wearing a pair of Library Socks for Literacy. The socks, which are made by John's Crazy Socks, have a design featuring stacks of books, a cup of coffee and a pair of reading glasses. John's Crazy Socks is donating 100% of the profits from each pair of Library Socks to the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.

Mark Cronin, who runs John's Crazy Socks with the help of his 22-year-old son, John Cronin, who has Down's syndrome, told CBS News that the company has already sold more than 600 pairs of the Library Socks since a spokesperson for George H.W. Bush tweeted about them over the weekend. He added that he rush-delivered the socks last week after the office of the former president asked for a pair of socks that he could wear to the funeral.

The Cronins started their company in 2016 and sell more than 1,900 types of socks, with 5% of their profits going to the Special Olympics. Bush has worn socks made by the Cronins before, including a pair of superhero socks worn in honor of World Down Syndrome Day.

Since its founding some 30 years ago, Barbara Bush's foundation has raised more than $110 million for literacy. The former first lady was also a strong supporter of Reading Is Fundamental, serving on its board for many years.

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