5th Annual Holiday Pack Event – Community Event to Send 3,000+ Christmas Packs to Deployed U.S. Troops

Chelsea MandelloNov 3, '20

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – On Saturday, November 7th Troopster Donations is holding its 5th Annual Community Holiday Pack Event in Virginia Beach, to pack and send more than 3,000 care packages to deployed service members for Christmas. The event is a community-wide volunteer event, open to the public. Participants will get a chance to pack, make and decorate more than 3,000 care packages that will be shipped, same day, to service members of the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy who are deployed during the holidays. 

More than a dozen businesses and organizations have participated in sponsoring the shipping for the packs and have contributed 20,000 non-perishable snack items, cards, letters, toys and other contents to send in support of those deployed. Companies such as TPG Financial, Colgate-Palmolive, SpartanNash, Nusbaum Realty, Black Rifle Coffee, First Command, Binary Defense and Kind Bars are among those who have contributed to the event.

“This is a very exciting event,” said Chelsea Mandello, founder and CEO of Troopster. “Thanks to our sponsors, as well as our volunteers in the community, we are able to support more than 3,000 U.S. troops who are going to be deployed this Holiday season.”

Troopster is a military care package organization founded by U.S. Navy Veteran Chelsea Mandello. Troopster was founded to help families, friends and communities easily send care packages to deployed loved ones. Troopster works with the community and families to send care packages to troops overseas and has sent more than 13,000 care packages to troops since launching Thanksgiving Day in 2015.

“With everything happening this year, we weren’t sure we were going to be able to hold a holiday pack event,” said Travis DiPerna, Troopster volunteer. “But thanks to some great teamwork, and the amazing contribution by companies like TPG and Nusbaum, we’re able to hold a great pack event, while also implementing COVID safety measures.”

“As a Navy veteran, I know how difficult deployment can be, so getting this opportunity to help fellow service members is more than I could ever ask for,” said Mandello.

Public schedule follows below:
Troopster 5th Annual Holiday Pack Event
Date: November 7, 2020
Time: 9 am to 5 pm

Location: 1940 Laskin Rd, Suite #304, Virginia Beach, VA 23453

8:30 am - Doors Open
8:30-9 am Check in / Handwashing Station
9:30 - Opening Remarks - Presentation About Troopster and Event
9:35 - Sponsor Recognition, Process Overview for Volunteers
9:40 - ROUND 1 - Start! (First 500 - 700 care packages)
12:55 - Break
1:00 -  Opening Remarks - Presentation About Troopster and Event
1:15 - Sponsor Recognition, Process Overview for Volunteers
1:30 - ROUND 2 - Start!
4:55 - Packing Finish
5:00 - Concluding Remarks

About Troospter

Troopster was founded by U.S. Navy veteran, Chelsea Mandello, Thanksgiving day 2015. Chelsea served as a photojournalist for the United States Navy where she deployed across 13 countries and nine naval platforms over the course of seven years. It was during her deployments that she recognized the need to help families, friends and communities send care packages to deployed troops. Troopster is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization that travels nation-wide, working with communities and families to send care packages to troops overseas. Troopster has sent more than 13,000 care packages to troops since launching in 2015 and has worked with communities in California, Kentucky, Texas, Florida, Virginia, Delaware, New York, Utah and West Virginia.