Support A Troop is a new app that allows anyone to send gifts to deployed troops.
TAMPA, Florida., May 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Built by a former US Army soldier who served in Fort Drum, New Yorkand was deployed to Afghanistan in 2016, Support a Troop was founded as a way for anyone to send personalized care packages to troops to show their support. The app works both ways, however, with troops able to send pictures and messages to donors.
The Support a Troop app offers links to buy and send items ranging from clothing and personal care items to snacks and drinks. The easy-to-download app shows what troops are asking for and how to send care packages.
This means troops get exactly the products they need and want
Sending care packages is an important and long-standing tradition in America. While troops’ basic needs are met while overseas, care packages are a welcome home that troops receive while in the field. They can be sent to friends, neighbors, siblings or even complete strangers. They help troops stay connected to their homes despite the distance and their current living conditions.
Dutkiewicz said he got the idea for the app when it was rolled out in Afghanistan. Getting a care package, he said, is better than unwrapping presents on Christmas morning. But he said that in Afghanistanwhat he saw too often was that care packages arrived but remained unused, with some even thrown away as the same items were sent in almost every package.
With the help of a developer, Dutkiewicz designed the app as a way for home fans to send in exactly the items the troops want and need. The app allows shoppers to see what items are in demand, put them in their cart, press buy, and have packages shipped directly to requesting troops. Then, those who donated the items to the troops can track the progress of the items and receive push notifications when the troop has sent a thank you message and thank you photos.
So far, the app has sent 6,150 personalized gifts to deployed soldiers, with all gifts coming directly from soldiers’ wish lists. Currently, more than 350 deployed soldiers are using the app, many of them in Europe support NATO forces.
“It reduces waste and saves time and money,” Dutkiewicz said. “And it helps to show our support for those who defend our interests abroad.”
Download Support A Troop, it is available for free on Google Play and Apple App store. For those interested in sponsoring a military member or for more information on Support A Troop’s mission, visit https://supportatroop.com/ and https://supportatroop.com/links.
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