But then I had them. And there wasn’t quite as much sock-monkey-making-time as I’d initially expected. Go figure. So my kids have made do with their dad’s old one (which, in retrospect, is kind of nice).
For people without sock monkey heirlooms (yet), there are the adorable handmade sock monkeys from Pink Olive. Each little monkey is made with love by volunteers from NYC-based non-profit organization, Fresh Art. It’s an organization that’s committed to helping artists with special needs by giving them entrepreneurial opportunities like, say, making sock monkeys. And 80% of the sale from each sock monkey sold at Pink Olive is going straight back to Fresh Art.
I kind of like the mystery of it, too. Since each monkey is handmade, you know that your little monkey will be a one-of-a-kind creation, but you don’t know what it will look like until it lands on your doorstep.
So, just to recap: Sock monkey for you. Employment for artists with special needs. Funding right back to the organization that started it all in the first place. –Stephanie