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 that 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 the supplies.
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 also donated more than 200 bottles of shampoo and conditioner toward the unit.