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MasonChix – founded by a military spouse and special needs mom, purchasing from MasonChix will get you two things. First, it will get you an amazingly comfy and cute shirt (I have several), and second, you will be contributing to the purchase of special needs swings for playgrounds! You guys, if that doesn’t make you feel good about your purchase I’m not sure what will!
Texan Milspouses raise more than $2,500 for Harvey victims in less than 24 hours
Military One Click August 2017
Two Air Force wives have spearheaded a campaign to raise money for Hurricane Harvey victims through their apparel company, Mason Chix. Generating more than $2,500 for the Red Cross in 24 hours, Brittany Boccher and Robyn Krug’s philanthropic efforts are close to their hearts and homes.
We were able to catch up with Boccher, who is also the 2017 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year, to talk about the pair’s fundraising efforts. “We both have philanthropic hearts and wanted to use the company as a way to bring awareness, advocacy, and really help our community,” Boccher said.
Mason Chix was “born”– the exact word that Boccher uses to describe its genesis–about two years ago, right after she brought her son into the world. He was diagnosed with Down Syndrome and Boccher was left needing a work-from-home opportunity to help support her family and provide for her son’s additional medical and therapy needs.
Mason Chix deals exclusively with graphic t-shirts. . . and most of those have a little southern flair. And that’s why Boccher and Krug realized they couldn’t idly stand by as flood waters rose in their home state. Boccher is currently living outside Texas, however, she is from Houston and has friends and family members who are directly impacted by Harvey’s unprecedented flooding. Krug is from Rockport, TX. Boccher reported that her business partner is facing an estimated 80% loss of her home.
After asking themselves what they could do, Boccher said they naturally decided on a t-shirt fundraiser: “We do t-shirts, so we were like, we can do this.” Currently available for pre-order, the design is an outline of Texas with the word “strong” appearing strategically near the affected Gulf Coast. The design is $24 for adult sizes with $18 of that going as a donation to the Red Cross; all of the labor and printing costs have been donated. There are also youth sizes available at $20.
While Mason Chix’s campaign to assist with Hurricane Harvey efforts is new this week, the spirit of giving is nothing new to their business. Calling Mason Chix an “apparel company with a purpose,” Boccher noted that the shop also donates 50% of the profits to Down Syndrome research and 10% to military spouse organizations every time a purchase is made. In addition, Mason Chix regularly holds fundraisers to support causes that have immediate needs, including one that helped a military spouse who needed extra help with transportation to and from her cancer treatments and another that aided a military family in the midst of adopting.
The fundraiser will last until September 5. Mason Chix will announce the final donation total on social media. In the meantime, Boccher has a message for her beloved military community: “I’m calling on all of my military spouses to let them know they can do something big or small. There’s ways that our military community can help from afar to come together and be stronger together.”
By J.G. Noll
Air Force Wife is Named 2017 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year
Military One Click May 2017
By J.G. Noll
Today, Brittany Boccher was named the 2017 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year (AFI MSOY). Boccher was honored by Military Spouse and AFI at a luncheon in Washington, D.C. on Military Spouse Appreciation Day. She is the tenth spouse to earn the title since the program began in 2008.
Boccher, a woman who wears many hats in her community, is an Air Force wife and mother of two. She is the president of the Little Rock Spouses’ Club, an advisory board member for the Little Rock Air Force Base (LRAFB) Thrift Store, the parent liaison for the Air Force Exceptional Family Member Program, and the founder and director of the Down Syndrome Advancement Coalition’s Tank Filled Life Project. As the 2016 AFI MSOY for LRAFB, she was able to “change the landscape of a playground on base” in order to make it ADA accessible for children with disabilities and helped to promote the purchase of Caroline Carts at the base commissary.
Boccher owns Brittany Boccher Photography and is the co-owner of Mason Chix, both of which “directly support Down syndrome treatment, research and neurodevelopmental therapies as well as other military entrepreneurs.”
On Military Spouse‘s website, Boccher outlined her platform as one of advocacy for families who fall under the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP). She is driven by her son’s experience as a military kid “who is rockin’ an extra chromosome known to most as Down syndrome,” as she puts it. Her interests also expand to inspiring others: “I’d also like to continue to empower military spouses to embrace the military life, their military community inside and outside of the base gates and to embrace the beautiful opportunities that this life provides!”