Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri – December 8, 2016 – The Fort Leonard Wood Region is now home to a new Veteran and military spouse-run business with strong philanthropic goals regarding homeless Veterans and Veteran-focused nonprofit organizations in our region. ReSupply, created by Second Lieutenant Paul Tocci, is a secure peer-to-peer, mobile first marketplace that allows service members and their Families to barter, buy, and sell goods and services.
Tocci and the ReSupply team created the organization with the idea that military Families are mobile and the easiest way to buy and sell the things they need as they move from place to place is by using an app for smart phones. Their app is currently available on iPhone and Android devices.
Though ReSupply is a for-profit organization, they have a strong sense of corporate social responsibility and have already held their first coat drive for homeless Veterans earlier this fall.
“We set a goal of collecting 100 coats and ended up collecting 128 coats with an additional 20 coats pledged from Columbia Sportswear. We had so many that we made an additional delivery to Springfield,” said Tocci.
The team organized their coat drive through an online, social media-focused campaign using the hashtag “ReSupplyCoatChallenge.” ReSupply encouraged those in the Fort Leonard Wood Region to donate or post gently used winter coats for sale on their app or website. The ReSupply team then purchased these items from the seller and donated them to a homeless Veterans shelter in Missouri.
The social media campaign encouraged followers to take a 30-second video of themselves in the cold without a coat or shoes and then post it to the ReSupply Facebook page. ReSupply asked those who posted videos to encourage their friends to do the same by tagging them in their videos.
“Veterans and active duty service members tend to have a strong entrepreneurial spirit, but those in the Fort Leonard Wood Region seem to pair that spirit with a true passion for serving others and giving back. Organizations like ReSupply are one of the primary reasons the Fort Leonard Wood Region was named a Great American Defense Community and why our region is known throughout the Army as one of the best places to live, work, play, and do business,” said Kent Thomas, Sustainable Ozarks Partnership executive director.
ReSupply plans to continue looking for ways to meet the needs of Veteran-focused organizations in Missouri and throughout the United States. Tocci and his team are currently looking to expand the app and their business to 10 additional military installations in order to provide more military Families with their service and aid Veterans shelters in those locations.
“We are currently looking for investors so that we can expand our app and provide our users with an even easier buying and shipping process. We want to invest in advanced software and really make ReSupply the one-stop shop for military Families looking to buy and sell goods and services with other military Families,” said Tocci.
If you’d like to learn more about ReSupply, you can go to their website: www.resupplyme.com or find them on Facebook @resupplyapp.
The Sustainable Ozarks Partnership is building on the Fort Leonard Wood Region’s strong past and preparing the region for a healthy, resilient future. We are a nonprofit organization working to bring all of the region’s stakeholders to the table to drive regional development and advocate for new or expanded military and federal missions, all as part of our efforts to strengthen the Fort Leonard Wood region.