Saturday, January 30, 2021

Bernie's mittens raise $1.8 million

 Senator Bernie Sanders' mittens were one of the highlights of Inauguration Day. His hunkered-down image was captured by photographer Brendan Smialowski. Apart from some much needed humor, Sanders' sartorial tour-de-force injected much needed cash into some charities, thanks to the Senator himself.

He quickly added the image to a line of merchandise on his website, with all proceeds benefitting Vermont-based charities, including Meals on Wheels and senior citizen advocacy groups. The sweatshirts, tees and stickers sold out in less than 30 minutes. In all, Sanders reportedly raised about $1.8 million in five days. Jen Ellis, the Vermont elementary school teacher who knit the world's most famous mittens, says Sanders called to let her know "the mitten frenzy" had raised big bucks for worthy causes.

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