Nyack teen’s fundraiser aims to outfit sister’s overseas unit with essential goods
A 13-year-old from Nyack and his father are making sure the
men and women in the military overseas are not forgotten this holiday season –
especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trey Rolnick’s sister, 2nd Lt. Sam Rolnick, has been
stationed in Italy with the U.S. Army for more than a year. Her unit has
not been able to come home because of the spreading virus.
The 13-year-old, who says Sam is his best friend, told News
12 that it was time to “bring them some holiday cheer.”
Trey and his father Russel started a GoFundMe campaign
is paying for care packages for the unit, all aimed at making the troops' lives
a little easier in the field.
A message on the fundraiser page explains, "I
miss her terribly, but am so proud to be one of the leaders of this GoFundMe to
show her that I love her and think about her every single day.”
The page has already received more than $8,000 to pay for
Sam Rolnick spoke with News 12 on the phone about
the outpouring of support.
"I think it’s great that he came up with this, and he
has such a big heart. He's thinking about the soldiers that don't get to go
home,” she said. “It makes me really proud."
The Tappan-based company NY Jungle
donated more than 200 bottles of shampoo and conditioner toward the unit.