Captain Stephen “Shanghai Six” Machuga served with the US Army for eight years before retiring with airborne and infantry experience under his belt. Care packages sent overseas became a welcome fact of life for his divisions, but soap and biscuits– while appreciated– didn’t last very long.
Videogames, Machuga figured, are a different story; hence Operation Supply Drop, a charity designed to deliver soldiers huge boxes full of virtual entertainment. We can only imagine that popping on a pair of headphones and exploring the world of Portal 2 would be welcome in Afghanistan deployment right about now.
$60,000 worth of donated gaming supplies later, Operation Supply Drop is in its second year and will be hosting an “8-Bit Salute to Veterans” fund-raiser in Chicago, Dallas, New York City, and Los Angeles on Saturday, November 10th, 2012. Depending on the city, there will be music, tournaments, people from the videogame industry, and a variety of other goings-on.
Everyone’s invited, so if you’re hankering for more details, head to the Operation Supply Drop website and see for yourself.