Saturday, July 2, 2022

Donate to a good cause and fly for free

Troopster is holding a care package packing event on Sept. 23 at iFly Virginia Beach. donate by Sept. 15 and get free fly-time (Josh Weinstein/HNNDaily)
Troopster is holding a care package packing event on Sept. 23 at iFly Virginia Beach. donate by Sept. 15 and get free fly-time (Josh Weinstein/HNNDaily)

Anyone who donates $17 to Troopster Donations by Sept. 15 will get some free flight time at iFly Virginia Beach.

Troopster, a Norfolk-based and veteran-owned business that provides personalized care packages to deployed members of the United States military, is also holding a packing event at iFly on Sept. 23.

“I love being able to help the men and women who are deployed overseas,” said Chelsea Mandello, founder and CEO of Troopster. “I want to make it possible for everyone to give back to our troops.”

What better way to do it she said, than by saying “thank you” with a care package.

Mandello spent seven years as a photojournalist in the Navy.

The U.S. Army's Golden Knights parachute team performs at iFly Virginia Beach (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy if iFly Virginia Beach)
The Army’s Golden Knights parachute team performs at iFly Virginia Beach (HNNDaily photo/Courtesy if iFly Virginia Beach)

For everyone who donates, iFly will provide a minute of free flight time in its 52-foot tall indoor skydiving wind tunnel, which features four 350-horsepower fans that generate wind speeds of up to 160 mph.

For those who are interested in donating or simply volunteering to help put together the care packages, information and tickets can be found online.

The Sept. 23 event runs from 2-5 p.m. at iFly Virginia Beach, 2412 Pacific Ave.

John Mangalonzohttp://wydaily.com
John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

Related Articles

MORE FROM AUTHOR