By now, everyone has an idea of how memes work and Bernie Sanders’ inauguration viral photo is proof of how the internet works. Sanders went viral on the internet sparking endless quirky memes across social media.
What stood out in the picture were his woolly knitted mittens. Now, the creator of the viral mittens has announced that you can get your hands on the mittens. Jen Ellis is the schoolteacher behind the incredibly cosy-looking mittens, and they have now crafted three pairs that will be sold at auction with the proceeds going towards the LGBTQA+ youth organization Outright Vermont, the state of which Sanders is its Senator, as reported by Hypebeast.
— Jen Ellis (@vtawesomeness) January 24, 2021
Titled as the “XO Mitten!!!,” the set is made from repurposed wool sweaters and is lined with fleece that’s made from recycled plastic bottles, making them even more sustainable yet stylish. The blue mittens made by Ellis have fetched a top bid of $4,444 and counting.
After the picture went viral, it has helped to raise $1.8 million in the last five days for charitable organizations in Sanders’ home state of Vermont. The amount comes from the sale of merchandise where he is sitting with his arms and legs crossed, clad in his brown parka and recycled wool mittens.
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“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 written 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.”