Operation Supply Drop has raised nearly $300,000 in games and gear for Veterans Day through its 8-Bit Salute drive. The military gaming charity surpassed last year's $58,000 in games and gear raised by over five times with the grand total of $282,721. Donations are still coming in, so that figure is sure to continue trending upwards. The donations will be sent out as a part of Operation Supply Drop's end-of-the-year 8-Bit Salute fundraising drive to build video game care packages for soldiers deployed to combat zones and recovering in military hospitals.
"Every year Operation Supply Drop does this, I always tell myself there's no way we're going to beat last year's numbers, and that this exponential increase ever year has to come to an end…" said charity founder Stephen Machuga,"…then the event happens and we're flooded with donations."
The major donors for this year's event include Popcap Games, who gave $100,000 in t-shirts and codes for their titles; GameStop, who donated over $40,000 in PlayStation 3 bundles and console titles; Zombie Studios, who donated $25,000 of in game currency for their free-to-play game Blacklight: Retribution; Hidden Path Entertainment, who donated $20,000 in Steam codes for their title Defense Grid: The Awakening; and Intel, who donated over $20,000 in hand-built form-factor PC "NUC" units.
For more information about how you or your organization can help the men and women of the Armed Forces, visit OperationSupplyDrop.org.