American lifestyle brand Shield Republic is upping the ante on its popular “Hold the Line” apparel fundraisers recognizing the nation’s fallen heroes and first responders.
What began as a project to recognize one fallen local hero has expanded to multiple fundraisers recognizing heroes around the country who have made the ultimate sacrifice defending others.
In the moments after gunman Keith Thomas Kinnunen began shooting during a service at West Freeway Church in Fort Worth suburb of White Settlement, Texas late in the 2019 Christmas season, parishioners, including an armed deacon, Jack Wilson, leapt to action to save lives. They, along with other parishioners, pulled out guns recently permitted in churches by concealed carry laws, stopping the gunman in his tracks.
“We are so proud of our community for supporting our fundraiser and helping us raise the money for this donation through the sale of Hold the Line merchandise featuring Sheriff Big John Williams,” said Charlie Romero, spokesperson for Shield Republic. “Thanks to the generosity of the Shield Republic community, Our Hold the Line fundraisers have allowed us to honor the legacies of our fallen heroes while offering comfort and support to their families.”
Shield Republic Charities, the charitable foundation of the American lifestyle brand Shield Republic, is launching a fundraiser for the family of slain sheriff “Big John” Williams, Sr. of the Lowndes County, Alabama Sheriff’s Office.
Williams was shot and killed in the line of duty November 23 just blocks from his home, in the parking lot of a convenience store in rural Hayneville, Alabama. Williams had served as the Lowndes County sheriff since 2011.
Marine veteran Aaron Pate has been tapped to lead Shield Republic Charities. Born and raised in North Carolina, Pate served in the Marine Corps with the 1st Marine 2nd Marine division following an early career in law enforcement. During his time with the Corps, he was deployed to Norway, where he trained with NATO forces. He also trained with the British Royal Marines in Arctic Warfare training and in Romania.
Through Shield Republic’s “12 YETIs of Christmas Giveaway,” registered Freedom Club members will be automatically entered into the current drawing when they make a purchase from the Shield Republic store. For every five dollars spent on hats, apparel or other patriotic merchandise at shieldrepublic.com, the club member will automatically receive one entry into the current contest.
A Smithfield-based clothing brand has grown from a start-up to national brand in less than three years, and today they announced a new initiative dubbed “Freedom Club” to give back to their loyal customers.