U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ wool mittens and memes based on his viral photo from Joe Biden’s inauguration helped raise $1.8 million for charities in Vermont, Sanders’ home state.
The amount came from the sale of merchandise with a photo of Sanders that was taken Jan. 20. The photo shows the senator sitting cross-legged, wearing a brown parka and mittens made of recycled wool.
Sanders posted merchandise with his photo, including T-shirts, sweaters and stickers, on his campaign Web site Thursday night, and the first shipment sold out in less than 30 minutes, the senator said.
More items were added over the weekend – and they sold out before Monday morning, Sanders said. “Jane (the senator’s wife) and I have been amazed at the creativity shown by so many people over the past week, and we are glad we can use my Internet popularity to help those in need in Vermont,” Sanders said in a written statement.
Sanders’ mittens were tied by Jen Ellis, an elementary school teacher from Vermont who makes gloves from recycled wool.
Sanders’ image at the inauguration led to countless memes from the photo, which was taken by Agence France-Presse photographer.