Operation Supply Drop Provides Troops with Games
We received the following media release and wanted to share it with ACG‘s readers. To learn more about Operation Supply Drop and its founder, see this Forbes article by Michael Venables, “Operation Supply Drop: Fighting PTSD and Bolstering Troop Morale, One Video Game Care Package at a Time.”
Operation Supply Drop Raises Nearly $300,000 in Games and Gear for the Troops for Veterans Day with 8-Bit Salute!
With donations still coming in for Operation Supply Drop’s annual fundraising campaign to get video games to the troops for Veterans Day, the 8-Bit Salute, the military gaming charity crushed last year’s paltry $58,000 in games and gear raised by over five times with the grand total of the time of this posting of $282,721. The donations will be sent out as a part of Operation Supply Drop’s end-of-the-year 8-Bit Salute fundraising drive to build video game stuffed care packages for soldiers deployed to combat zones and recovering in military hospitals.
“Every year Operation Supply Drop does this, I always tell myself there’s no way we’re going to beat last year’s numbers, and that this exponential increase ever year has to come to an end…” said charity founder Stephen Machuga, “…then the event happens and we’re flooded with donations.”
The major donors for this year’s event include a staggering donation from Popcap Games of over $100,000 of t-shirts and codes for their titles, GameStop donating over $40,000 in Playstation 3 bundles and console titles, Zombie Studios for donating $25,000 of in game currency for their free-to-play smash hit Blacklight: Retribution, Hidden Path Entertainment for donating $20,000 of Steam codes for their title Defense Grid: The Awakening, and Intel donating over $20,000 of their handbuilt form-factor PC “NUC” units…with one major donation still being totaled as we speak!
For more information about how you or your organization can help get video games to the men and women of the Armed Forces, please visit OperationSupplyDrop.org.
About Operation Supply Drop:
Founded in 2010 by Army Airborne Ranger, Captain Stephen “Shanghai Six” Machuga, Operation Supply Drop is a 501(c)(3) public charity designed around sending video game filled care packages to soldiers both deployed to combat zones and recovering in military hospitals. OSD has already raised $450,000 in donations from across the gaming community and has provided support to approximately 1500 soldiers worldwide.