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Merry Christmas! Yes, even those of you who celebrate Ramadan, Kwanzaa and Hanukah, the good folks of Front Towards Gamer and its military gaming charity Operation Supply Drop wish Merry Christmas to you as well!

Well, it’s nearly 2013, and unbeknownst to the Mayans or any other dead culture, we’re all still here on this mudball called Earth, just trying to make life bearable for one another.

I’m taking a breather from my brand new crippling League of Legends addiction (thanks Santa, it’s just what I always wanted!) to report in with not only some of our “8-Bit Salute to Veterans” care packages have arrived overseas, but that we’ve got our SANTA ACTUAL 2 care packages up and ready to go!

Firstly, some of the care packages from 8-Bit Salute have arrived!  For those of you not aware, Operation Supply Drop’s 8-Bit Salute to Veterans was our nationwide fundraising drive over Veteran’s Day weekend, which raised $57,000 for Operation Supply Drop!  We then took half of that and turned it right back around and split it into six care packages, totaling over $22,000 in games and gear!  Sent out in late November, some of the units overseas have started to receive them and send back pictures and thank yous!

On top of that, we had so much free time on my hands (kidding), that Operation Supply Drop decided to go ahead and double down on this year’s 8-Bit Salute madness and send out ANOTHER six care packages for the holidays!  I DO want to thank all the big donors for all the gear below:

PLATINUM DONORS: ($5,000+ donation value)

Tripwire Interactive
Bohle Company

GOLD DONORS: ($2500-$4999 donation value)

Riot Games
Volition Games
Wizards of the Coast/Hasbro Interactive
Adhesive Games
Gearbox Software

SILVER DONORS: ($1000-$2499 donation value)


BRONZE DONORS: ($100-$999 donation value)

Electronic Arts
Bethesda Softworks
Charisma Plus 2
Project Triforce
Ranger Coffee
Runic Games
Robot Entertainment
Astro Gaming
Playboy (yes, that Playboy)
2K Games
Epic Games
Gamer Grub
Double Fine

Here’s the inventory for Operation Supply Drop SANTA ACTUAL 2 care packages going out.  I did NOT split down each packages inventory because there are only so many hours in the day and this is becoming an all-encompassing endeavor as it is. And picture:

1 x Xbox 360 Halo 4 Collectors Edition
2 x Xbox 360 Halo 4 Collectors Wireless Controllers
3 x Xbox 360 Consoles
1 x Playstation 3
1 x Astro A40 with Mixamp
25 x $25 Riot Points Cards
1 x Guitar Hero World Tour Full Kit
2 x DJ Hero Turntables

3 x 20 GB Microsoft Hard Drive
1 x PS3 Controller
1 x The Elder Scrolls Oblivion Collectors Edition
1 x The Elder Scrolls Oblivion
1 x The Elder Scrolls Skyrim
1 x Street Fighter vs Tekken
1 x Street Fighter 4
1 x Marvel vs Capcom 3
2 x Deus Ex Human Revolution
1 x Madden 10
1 x Madden 11
2 x Max Payne 3
2 x Crysis 2
2 x Fable 3
1 x Fable 2
3 x Spiderman 3
2 x Dead Space
1 x Dead Island
4 x Tony Hawk Proving Grounds
4 x Prototype
1 x Skate 2
1 x Tony Hawk Project 8
1 x Tropico 4
1 x Tropico 3
3 x Halo ODST
1 x Mass Effect 2
1 x Fallout New Vegas
1 x Mass Effect
2 x Ultimate Alliance/Forza 2 Dual Disc
1 x Ultimate Alliance Gold Edition
2 x Mortal Kombat
1 x Gears of War
2 x Gears of War 2
3  x Gears of War 3
1 x Rainbow Six Vegas 2
1 x Splinter Cell Conviction
1 x Hitman Absolution
1 x Halo 2
1 x Halo Reach
1 x Halo 3
1 x Halo Wars
4 x Bulletstorm Epic Edition
4 x UFC Undisputed 3
4 x Saints Row 3
4 x Battlefield 3
4 x Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
4 x Borderlands 2
4 x Duke Nukem Forever
3 x Left 4 Dead
4 x Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3
4 x Guitar Hero World Tour
4 x Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock
4 x Guitar Hero 3 Legends of Rock
4 x Guitar Hero Metallica
2 x Battlefield Bad Company 2
2 x Battlefield Bad Company
3 x Forza Motorsport 4
1 x Forza Motorsport 3
4 x Halo 4
4 x The Orange Box
1 x Red Faction Armageddon
1 x Red Faction Guerrilla
1 x Lost Planet
1 x Lost Planet 2
1 x Assassin’s Creed 2 Revelations
1 x Assassin’s Creed
1 x Assassin’s Creed 2
1 x Assassin’s Creed 2 Brotherhood
4 x Borderlands
4 x Spiderman Edge of Time
4 x Blur
4 x Guitar Hero Aerosmith
4 x Call of Duty Black Ops
3 x Guitar Hero Smash Hits
1 x Scene It Lights Camera Actions
1 x Saints Row 3 (PS3)
1 x Uncharted 3 (PS3)
1 x Burnout Paradise (PS3)
1 x Rage (PS3)
1 x UFC 2009 Undisputed (PS3)
1 x Ninja Gaiden Sigma (PS3)
1 x Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 (PS3)
1 x Buzz Quiz TV (PS3)
1 x Darksiders (PS3)
1 x Heavy Rain (PS3)
1 x Assassin’s Creed (PS3)
1 x Army of Two 40th Day (PS3)
1 x MotorStorm (PS3)
1 x NCAA Football 11 (PS3)
1 x Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3  (PS3)
1 x Crysis 2  (PS3)
1 x Dead Space (PS3)
1 x Tony Hawk’s Project 8 (PS3)
1 x Black Ops 2 (PS3)
1 x Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim (PS3)
1 x Deus Ex Human Revolution (PS3)
1 x Metal Gear Solid 4 (PS3)
1 x Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 (PS3)
1 x Resident Evil 6 Collector’s Edition (PS3)
3 x Those Who Dare (by Phil Ward, fiction)
1 x Sergeant Rex (by Mike Dowling, non-fiction)
2 x Magic the Gathering 2013 Booster Battle Pack
6 x Magic the Gathering 2013 Booster Packs
1 x Gamescom X40
5 x Skate 3 (PS3)
5 x Kingdoms of Amalur (PS3)
5 x Battlefield 3 (PS3)
5 x Alice Madness Returns (PS3)
1 x Shadows of the Damned (PS3)
5 x Need for Speed the Run (PS3)
4 x Standard Xbox 360 Headsets
80 x Gamers Grub Pizza Large Packs
1 x Ranger Coffee “Party Pack” :)
2 x DJ Hero
2 x PDP Aftgerglow 360 Controllers
5 x PDP RockCandy 360 Controllers
1 x Gears of War 3 Controller
7 x Microsoft Wireless 360 Controllers
5 x 25′ LAN Cable
25 x Full Metal Rammus Skin Cards
24 x THQ t-shirts
2 x THQ Sweatshirts
5 x Saints Row 3 “Crooks & Saints” Shirts
5 x HDMI Cables
25 x Hawken T-shirts
4 x Epic Gamer Epic t-shirts
5 x DOTA 2 fitted baseball caps
5 x Left 4 Dead fitted baseball caps
5 x Valve t-shirts
5 x Black Ops 2 t-shirts
3 x Skyrim t-shirts
1 x Mountain Dew t-shirt
1 x Kingdom fitted baseball cap
1 x Gears of War fitted baseball cap
1 x Call of Duty Black Ops leather chain wallet
1 x Call of Duty Black Ops canvas belt
1 x Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate t-shirt
1 x Game Informer magazine
1 x Recon Cigars cigar
8 x Street Fighter Legend comic books
1 x FPS Freek Havoc thumbsticks
5 x Tropico 4 (PC)

Phew.  You get all that?  Oh, that doesn’t include the $1204 “mini” care package NAUGHTY LIST that went out last week.

So, five weeks, 12 care packages, total Amazon value in care packages? $34456.45

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to pass out.  Seeing as each Operation Supply Drop care package takes roughly five hours from start to finish and including the twelve hours it took to knock out the end of the year receipts and thank yous to all our generous sponsors, Operation Supply Drop is going to “settle down for a long winter’s nap”.

Of course, we’re going to kick it back on again in January, and if you’d like to help us out, we always can use the support.  Here’s how you can help us:

1) Use the Chipin link on the front of Front Towards Gamer.com.  OR
2) Use the Chipin link on the front page of Operation Supply Drop.org.  OR
3) Make a Paypal donation to donations@operationsupplydrop.org.
4) If you don’t want to send cash, you can simply send your used games or gear to the following address to make the next care package:

Operation Supply Drop
9301 Alvyn Lake Circle
Bristow VA, 20136

You know, and even if you can’t donate, just help get the word out on Twitter, Facebook, and other various social media links!  You help Operation Supply Drop out and it costs you nothing but a few seconds of your time!  We’re at @OpSupplyDrop and @FrontTowardGmr here.