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Creator of 'Bernie' mittens partners with teddy bear maker

Sanders Inauguration Meme
Posted at 8:22 PM, Jan 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-30 22:27:40-05

The teacher who created the recycled wool mittens that U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders wore to the presidential inauguration — engendering countless memes — is partnering with the Vermont Teddy Bear Company to create a mitten line to meet growing demand.

READ: Utah businesses capitalize on viral Bernie Sanders memes

Some of the proceeds will go to Make-A-Wish Vermont.

Jen Ellis says she can't be more thrilled, because she personally can't make 18,000 pairs of mittens. She estimates that's how many people have contacted her so far.

Merchandise stemming from the image Jan. 20 image of Sanders sitting with his arms and legs crossed, clad in his brown parka and the mittens has raised at least $1.8 million for charities.