Operation Supply Drop, a program providing consoles and games for troops overseas, will hold its annual "8-bit Salute to Veterans" on Saturday, November 10th, organizer Front Towards Gamer announced today.
The program was founded by former Army Airborne Ranger Captain Stephen "Shanghai Six" Machuga in November 2010, after eight years with the United Stated Army including an 13-month stint serving in Iraq. Video games are one of the few permitted leisure activities for soldiers on deployment, though they have little access to the necessary hardware. Manchuga seeks to bring these gaming soldiers the consoles and games needed to enjoy the hobby.
"When soldiers aren't outside the wire on patrol, they're playing video games," said Machuga in a press release. "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."
The organization is accepting donations towards the program on its official website, as well as physical donations at events taking place on November 10th in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and New York City. For more information on where and how to participate, Manchuga can be contacted at the Operation Supply Drop official website.
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