It's the holiday season and while you may still be recovering from your turkey dinner at Thanksgiving and prepping for Christmas there are so many individuals out there who don't have the luxury. Some of these people are those who help you have the freedom to live securely, to have the freedom to spend holiday's with family and friends, those people are the troops fighting the good fight.
Now, it's time for you to give back and not with cookies and candy canes, with video games. Operation Supply Drop is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that is aimed at building video game related care packages for the men and women of the Armed Forces, both deployed to high threat combat zones like Afghanistan and Iraq as well as recovering individuals in military medical facilities in the United States.
This year alone several care packages with video games, consoles, and gaming swag have been sent out. Video games have scientific evidence with helping soldiers deal with combat stress in addition to helping those cope with PTSD. Multiplayer games also give soldiers a friendly and competitive social environment where they can connect and enjoy their time even if it isn't in the best of places.
Operation Supply Drop has had a tremendous amount of support from the video game community as well. Some of the supporting companies include Popcap Games who donated $104,000 in game codes and t-shirts, GameStop who donated PlayStation 3 bundles, games and swag, Zombie Studios who donated $25,000 of in-game currency for Blacklight Retribution, Intel who donated $21,000 of pre-built Intel NUC form factor computers and Hidden Path Entertainment who donated $20,000 of games codes for Defense Grid.
So how can you help? Visit the Operation Supply Drop website to learn more. There are several volunteer opportunities, organize an event in your area and gather game donations that can be sent in a care package, donate some of your own unused games and consoles, make a monetary donation, write about it, talk about it, share the website with your friends, any little bit of exposure helps spread the word. Help spread the holiday cheer this year through Operation Supply Drop and make a gamer happy.