Those really cool mittens that U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders wore to the presidential inauguration last week, which created a TON of memes on social media, has helped raise $1.8 million in the last five days for charitable organizations in Sanders' home state of Vermont,
The sum comes from the sale of merchandise with the Jan. 20 image of him sitting with his arms and legs crossed, clad in his brown parka and recycled wool mittens.
Sanders put the first of the so-called "Chairman Sanders" merchandise, including T-shirts, sweatshirts and stickers, on his campaign website Thursday night and the first run sold out in less than 30 minutes, he said. More merchandise was added over the weekend and sold out by Monday morning, he said.
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