Operation Supply Drop: Supporting Troops With Games
by GamerFitnation on June 8, 2014 at 09:00 AM EDT

Operation Supply Drop is an initiative conducted by a group of people who have two things, a deep love and passion for video games as well as a deep respect and sense of honor towards the men and women in the armed forces. Their mission is to send those who are deployed in multiple parts of the world care packages filled with video games to boost their spirits and add some “fun where there is none.”

This program is headed by Operation Supply Drop Founder Captain Steven Machuga. Machuga is an ex miltary personnel who was deployed on a 13-month tour to Iraq, he left the service in 2006 and now lives in Washington D.C. and works as a government counterterrorism analyst and he’s the “founder and managing editor of gaming enthusiast website Front Towards Gamer.com.” As well as Senior Board Charirman Glenn Banton. Glenn was never in the military however he has a deep love for those in the military and follows a moral doctrine to “serve those who served first.”

These men, along with the rest of their team, have now found a way to support the military through their love of video games. The name Operation Supply Drop comes from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3′s killstreak of a care package. To date Operation Supply Drop has delivered 16 ‘care packages’ to soldiers deployed in other countries. Soldiers that are deployed can also request a care package to be sent to them. Operation Supply Drop is a 501(c)(3), which is just a fancy way to say that they are a non-profit company, they deliver care packages to U.S. troops as well as those who are allies of the U.S.

Operation Supply Drop does what is called an “8 Bit Salute” ever year, which is a 24-hour gaming marathon that helps in raising  money for care packages overseas. Last year they raised over $300,000 dollars in fundraising efforts.

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Operation Supply Drop is great and there are so many reasons to love it. One, it is yet another way that shows care for those who are defending their countries, support can go a long way in a soldier’s heart and mind. Secondly, this is the first operation of its kind, it can open up a set of different opportunities to aid people with video games or perhaps even greater unintended consequences. And lastly, Operation Supply Drop demonstrates that video games can go a lot deeper than just base level, that they truly can mean a lot to someone who is struggling, they can offer an escape for a troubled mind. Perhaps with oncoming news of Operation Supply Drop this will help demonstrate to non-gamers the same feeling that us gamers have been feeling about games practically our whole lives.

We’re not telling you to go out and donate, although they would greatly appreciate it if you did, but we feel Operation Supply Drop is not getting as much recognition as it deserves. So if you have the opportunity to show Operation Supply Drop to someone else then definitely try to do it, you never know where that recognition could go.

By Damiaen Florian

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