Press Room

The Troopster Press Room features the latest news, awards and events by Troopster.

Recent Press Releases

Gift of Giving: Supporting Troops Through the Holidays

Dec 23, 2020 Chelsea Mandello

NORFOLK, VA - (Dec. 22, 2020) This year, more than 96,000 U.S. troops will spend their holidays on deployment. While some will spend their Christmas or Hanukkah in places such as…

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Local Hampton Roads Virtual Raffle to Support Military Nonprofit

Dec 23, 2020 Chelsea Mandello

On Friday, October 2nd, Troopster will launch its second virtual raffle. Proceeds from the raffle will support Troopster Military Care Packs, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the morale of deployed U.S. troops…

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

Dec 23, 2020 Chelsea Mandello

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…

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FOR RELEASE: Military Nonprofit, Virtual Fundraiser for Deployed U.S. Troops

Sep 14, 2020 Chelsea Mandello

NORFOLK, VA - Troopster® will hold a week long virtual run fundraiser, The ‘Murican 5 Mile’, September 17-23rd to fundraise for deployed Air Force service members overseas. The event will be held in celebration…

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In The News

Norfolk nonprofit launches virtual ‘Boredom Basket’ raffle to support deployed troops

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Troopster Military Care Packs announced on Thursday it is launching an exclusive Hampton Roads online raffle to raise money for packages to send to a deployed U.S. Navy ship experiencing coronavirus related hardships. The virtual raffle is open from now until the drawing on Friday, April 17 and includes prize baskets valued up to $400. The baskets have activities for all ages, Easter egg making supplies, books, pet care items, coffee packs, and cleaning kits.

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Local nonprofit sends thousands of care packages to military members overseas

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Imagine being thousands of miles away from home during the holidays; It’s something many of our military members experience. A Navy veteran started a nonprofit to make sure those men and women know people at home care about them. Chelsea Mandello started Troopster back in 2015. Her mission: help as many service members as possible

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Volunteers pack 1,000 care packages for deployed sailors onboard USS Abraham Lincoln - Nov. 16, 2019

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Norfolk nonprofit Troopster and volunteers gathered in Virginia Beach on Saturday to pack care packages for sailors deployed during Christmas. The 4th Annual Holiday Pack Event took place at Beachside Social, where volunteers packed more than 1,000 care packages. The care packages will be sent to sailors deployed onboard the USS Abraham Lincoln for Christmas.

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AWS Awards Thousands to Lighthouse Labs Accelerator Startups in NoVa - Nov 14, 2019

On Thursday, Richmond-based Lighthouse Labs partnered with Amazon AWS to host a Virginia Demo Day in Northern Virginia. Philip Luca from Amazon Web Services’s Venture Capital & Startups team, alongside Todd Nuckols and Dan Myers from Lighthouse Labs and Evan McMillion from 757 Accelerate, spoke on the powerful impact of companies deepening their engagement with Virginia-based startups and entrepreneurs.

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University of Miami Students assemble care packages for soldiers during Homecoming week - Nov. 6, 2019

Five days before Veterans Day, students at the University of Miami had the opportunity to give back to the men and women who serve in the South Florida area and overseas. Lined up outside the University Center pool, several tables were filled with everyday items, from baby wipes to rice krispie treats, all waiting to be packed by nearly 200 UM students participating in Homecoming’s Hurricanes Help the Hometown, an annual service day.

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Baltimore-based Capsulomics wins first place at Patriot Boot Camp in Utah

We are grateful for all of our entrepreneurs that participated in the pitch competition today! First place was @DanielLunz with Capsulomics, Second place was Chelsea Mandello with @Troopster, and Third place was @jamesrolin2 with @CowboyCrickets! #pbcutah

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Troopster is a nonprofit Charity that sends care packages to deployed troops around the world. Founded by a U.S. Navy Veteran, Troopster’s mission is to increase the morale of the Armed Forces Community, one deployment, soldier and care package at a time.