Marine’s Backpack Charity Gets Supporter


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Sgt. Brett D’Alessandro, Backpacks for Life, flanked by Manav Lalwani, Bob Daria and Allen Lalwani, all of American Spraytech.
Sgt. Brett D’Alessandro, Backpacks for Life, flanked by Manav Lalwani, Bob Daria and Allen Lalwani, all of American Spraytech.
American Spraytech, a Branchburg, N.J.-based manufacturer of consumer products, has joined forces with Backpacks for Life, a charity founded by Verona Marine Sgt. Brett D’Alessandro. D’Alessandro is devoted to helping homeless vets by filling and distributing new backpacks filled with personal care items such as body sprays, sunscreens, anti-itch sprays, and more. The backpacks are distributed to homeless U.S. veterans of all foreign wars. American Spraytech donated products that will be used to fill the backpacks.

“We feel privileged to be given the opportunity to be of service to American war veterans,” said Allen S. Lalwani, president of American Spraytech. “This is particularly gratifying to American Spraytech because we strongly support the Made in America brand, and this partnership is yet another little way to serve our great country and our American heroes.”

Backpacks for Life is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that aims to provide homeless veterans with the basic life essentials that they cannot provide for themselves. With each backpack, it hopes to not only provide homeless veterans with the things they need for daily living but also give them hope and resources for the future. D’Alessandro is a Marine reservist from Verona, who, upon returning from a tour in Afghanistan, saw a homeless vet in need. He returned the next day to the same spot with his backpack full of items he thought would help the veteran with no home. With Verona High School classmate Kevin Clarke, he began to distribute backpacks to homeless vets filled with products for their everyday use.

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American Spraytech is a full service manufacturer of consumer products used primarily in the personal care industry.

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