Our very own Luis Angeles had a chance to speak with Captain Stephen Machuga, founder of Operation Supply Drop at PAX South. Founded in 2010, Operation Supply Drop seeks to provide donations of video game care packages for veterans deployed overseas as well as to military hospitals. We asked where the inspiration for the project came from and Captain Machuga responded with:
“If you think of a veteran in former wars. You know like a bar where you usually have a bingo thing going on with a bunch of grizzly old veterans. Well that doesn’t apply anymore it’s not 18-35 year old guys and everybody grew up playing video games. So the idea is we’re getting guys together, we’re getting veterans together, they’re talking and they’re able to talk with other veterans and game and do things, go to the range, ya know have a good time together and get them out of their houses and get them talking with other people going through similar things they’re going through.”
Operation Supply Drop collects both monetary donations as well as video games and consoles. Captain Machuga reports they get a lot of requests for Xbox Ones and Playstations Fours, but most of the donations are of Xbox 360’s and Playstation Threes from gamers updating to the newer systems.
Operation Supply Drop works in sets of teams to collect donations and prepare care packages. The team we got to meet at PAX South was headquartered in Austin. The various teams throughout the nation form fundraising drives such as the yearly gaming marathon on May 16th. Partnering with Twitch Operation Supply Drop will raise funds online and across the world.
Want all the details? Check out our full interview below!