FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORFOLK, Va. – On Tuesday, April 7 Troopster, a nonprofit military care package organization, launches a national fundraiser to raise $1.1M and send 50,000 essential care package kits to hospitals, health care workers, doctors, nurses, corpsmen and first responders.
Statement by Troopster ® Founder and CEO, Chelsea Mandello:
“Normally, we send thousands of care packs to deployed U.S. service members around the world,” said Mandello. “Today, however, we have a new and immediate threat of COVID-19. Our frontline heroes within the United States right now are Doctors, Corpsmen, Nurses, Volunteers, EMTs, Policemen and Firefighters who are in need of gloves, masks, and items to keep them safe during this crisis.”
Troopster, founded in 2015 by Mandello, has sent more than 12,000 care packages to troops world-wide. The company plans to utilize their resources, warehouse and package production capabilities to support health care providers who are in desperate need of protective and emotional care.
“We have the ability to support these healthcare heroes but need help affording the upfront cost of shipping and production,” said Mandello. “With the funds we raise we'll be able to use our facility, located in Norfolk, Virginia, to pack and ship these kits of surgical masks, gloves, antibacterial travel soap, protein/energy bars, snacks, stress balls and more.”
Statement by ICU Nurse (ret.), Elaine Banerjee:
"As a retired intensive care nurse, I have volunteered to come out of retirement to help fight again the Corona Virus. Together we stand united to defend the most vulnerable among us,” said Banerjee. “What we do today and how we join together to protect those most vulnerable will define us. It’s important that we stand together to help our healthcare workers who have been called to duty, leaving their safe havens behind to fight this virus.”
Individuals interested in supporting this mission can donate via the Troopster Website or by visiting the Troopster GoFundMe page at https://www.gf.me/u/xvjnxs.
Supporters can also donate by texting ‘COVID19' to 855-202-2100 to get a link to donate.
Troopster is a veteran-owned and operated organization that helps families and communities to send care packages to the servicemen and women deployed overseas.
Troopster® is a leading cause-driven organization that supports the U.S. military community through the vanguard of care package services. Troopster has sent more than 12,000 care packages to troops deployed across more than 22 countries. Founded in 2015, Troopster is veteran-owned and operated, and headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, home of the largest naval military installation in the world. To learn more about Troopster® or to send a military care package, please visit www.troopster.org.