Operation Supply Drop was hoping to raise $12,000 in video game systems, gear and games for six care packages. Five of these packages will be sent to soldiers deployed in combat zones, while a sixth package will be sent to Walter Reed military hospitals. This fundraising drive, codenamed "PIXEL FIREWORKS," is already a huge success, bringing in almost double what was needed with several days left to go. For this particular initiative the charity has raised right around $24,736.
Some of that success is attributed to big donors such as Wizards of the Coast, Valve, Capcom, ASTRO Gaming, GUNNARS Optiks, GB Memorabilia, Performance Designed Products (PDP), Rooster Teeth, Electronic Arts, Epic Games, Ubisoft, KontrolFreek, Sony of America as well as newcomers Beyond Limits Interactive, Deep Silver, Naughty Dog, SEGA, RAD Game Tools and AbleGamers Charity.
"We're especially excited to be working with AbleGamers Charity, " said OSD founder Captain Stephen "Shanghai SIx" Machuga, "As the US shifts from combat operations to peacetime, it gets easy for people to forget about the men and women who served; AbleGamers Charity will be a huge ally in making sure that Operation Supply Drop is able to support them as they recover from injuries they received in combat."
In case you didn't know, Operation Supply Drop was founded in 2010 by Captain Stephen Machuga and was designed around the idea of sending video game filled care packages to soldiers both deployed to combat zones and recovering in military hospitals. OSD has already raised $300,000 in donations from across the gaming community and has provided support to approximately 1,500 soldiers worldwide.
You can learn more about its latest efforts here.