Troopster is a website that provides personalized military care packages as well as donation packages to troops who are deployed or stationed from home. A simple and easy way to send a care package to a loved one serving overseas, families and friends can add photos, letters, games, snacks, toiletries and can even make special requests for additional items that might not be available on the site. Founded Thanksgiving Day 2015, Troopster is operated by current active duty Navy Petty Officer Chelsea Mandello. It was during a difficult deployment that the idea of helping friends and family send care packages first began. Chelsea was serving on board her seventh ship in the Mediterranean and noticed that the few individuals who received care packages were rarely able to use or eat the contents inside. She wanted to help not only simplify the tedious task of sending care packages, but also give an option for those who don’t have family to still receive care packs.
Two years after the initial idea of Troopster, Chelsea, while still serving in the Armed Forces, launched Troopster. The first, easy-to-use, personalized option to send care packages to military. We are proud to say that it has grown from a small business that provides personalized packs to a company that has sent more than 600 care packages to deployed troops. We sponsor packing social for local ombudsmen and Family Readiness Groups, provide outlets for donation letters and supplies, work with the local community to annually send care packages to single service members deployed, and host drives to continually support those who serve and their families.
Troopster has been featured in numerous publications such as Inside Business, the Flagship and on Channel 13 News Hampton Roads.
Our mission is to provide care packages to those serving our country while maintaining a simple and enjoyable care package process.