Bernie Sanders’ memes raise $1.8 million for charity

$1.8 million raised for charity thanks to Bernie Sanders’ inauguration memes!

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders’ meme raised $1.8 million for charity.
  • The money was raised thanks to merchandise with the now-emblematic “Chairman Sanders” image. 
  • The senator’s initiative sparked a wave of charitable actions. 

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders made history in the meme world with his wooly mittens he wore to the presidential inauguration. Social media platforms are still filled with hilarious interpretations of Sanders’ now-iconic pose.

Thanks to the many intuitive meme-creators, Bernie Sanders’ inauguration memes helped to raise $1.8 million in just a few days, NBC News reports. The money was raised from the sale of the “Chairman Sanders” merchandise, which included T-shirts, sweatshirts, and stickers. As the senator himself announced, the profits will go to charitable organizations in his home state of Vermont.

Amusingly, the first run of the merch sold out in less than 30 minutes after it was released on the senator’s website on the night of January 21. The second run was gone by Monday morning.

Sen. Bernie Sanders stated:

“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. 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.”

Who was behind the adorable wool mittens Sanders wore on the first day of Joe Biden’s presidency? 

The emblematic winter gloves were made by a Vermont elementary school teacher named Jen Ellis. She used repurposed wool sweaters and recycled plastic bottles and turned them into the cozy mittens the whole world is crazy about.

Ellis herself said that the senator called to tell her about an impressive sum that is going to Vermont charities thanks to “the mitten frenzy.”

The “Chairman Sanders” profits will go to several organizations, including Meals on Wheels throughout Vermont, Vermont community action agencies, Feeding Chittenden, Vermont Parent Child Network, The Chill Foundation, senior centers in Vermont, and Bistate Primary Care for dental care improvements in the state.

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ initiative inspired others to follow his benevolent example: 

  • Burton Snowboards, the brand Sanders’ jacket on inauguration day was from, donated 50 jackets to the Burlington Department for Children and Families in the senator’s name.
  • Getty Images will donate the money from the licensing agreement to put the photo on T-shirts, sweatshirts, and stickers to Meals on Wheels of America.
  • A crocheted doll of Sanders and his mittens was auctioned off online and raised more than $40k.

What do you think of the senator’s charitable deed? Which one is your favorite “Chairman Sanders” meme? Let us know in the comment section!

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