It’s no secret that a number of our service men and women overseas are avid gamers. I can personally attest that my younger brother, Steve, a nuclear engineer in the Navy, loves his fair share of games, and we’re not talking Farmville here.
“When soldiers aren’t outside the wire on patrol, they’re playing video games,” explains Stephen “Shanghai Six” Machuga, a former Army Airborne Ranger, who founded Operation Supply Drop. “Our packages are an immeasurable morale booster for the soldiers; troops are accustomed to getting care packages from strangers full of baby wipes and socks. Our care packages are designed to blow their socks off.”
Since the charity’s establishment in September of 2010, Operation Supply Drop has raised more than $60,000 in games and game related items, each with an average value of $2,000 to units deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan. A full list of the charity’s upcoming events can be found in the press release linked as the source at the bottom of this article, and all are welcomed to donate games at any point by contacting their local representative, also found in the release.
Gamers everywhere are invited to participate in the national Veteran’s Day “8-Bit Salute to Veterans,” which will be held in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York City on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.
Source: The Bohle Company