Gamers Outreach celebrates the fourth anniversary of their military division, Fun for Our Troops this month. The organization provides games and hardware to U.S. military troops – something it has been doing since its inception in 2007. Gamers Outreach collects new and used video game and console donations, which they use to create video game care packages for troops serving overseas in areas of Afghanistan and Iraq. To date, they have sent a total of 332 packages (and over 2000 games) to individual troops, units, and MWRs throughout the world. Their packages have been sent to Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar, Lybia, Kuwait, South Korea, Africa, and UAE. The group serves all branches of the U.S. military with these packages too.
Gamers Outreach Foundation has just kicked off its second annual Veterans Month fundraising effort. All fundraising efforts in the month of November will go towards their military initiatives as well as contributing 25 percent of the funds raised to the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. Those initiatives include sending those video game care packages to deployed troops as well as providing portable gaming carts to VA Medical Centers.
“We’re very excited to support the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team. Our organization has traditionally focused on video games and I think this is a great way to branch out to provide other types of gaming for veterans,” said Gamers Outreach Director Stefanie Shea, “The team is absolutely inspiring and is a true example of determination, athleticism, and love for the game.”
Last Night the group held a Modern Warfare 3 launch party at Best Buy in Anne Arbor, Michigan and on December 3 it will host Gears of War 3 (sponsored by Tritton/MadCatz) and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 online tournaments. Tournament details and registration information will be posted on the Gamers Outreach website on November 10th.
The Nerd Trek community will also be supporting Veterans Month by hosting a fundraising event that culminates with Nerd Trek writer (and prior service Air Force crew chief) William Reny getting a tattoo inspired by PAX-weekend shenanigans. Artwork submissions for the tattoo will be accepted through December 1. All are invited to donate money to the cause to vote for the tattoo. Voting will end on December 15 and all voters will be entered into a raffle for additional prizes to include a copy of Skyrim, collectable gaming gear, and T-shirts. Contest, prizes, and voting details can be found at nerdtrek.com.
Additional activities will be announced throughout the month on GamersOutreach.org, but you don't need a special invitation to donate some money to this worthy cause. Gamers Outreach Foundation is a 501c(3) video game industry charity organization.