I received an interesting call today from Nadine Gillette who co-founded Operation Support Our Troops with her daughter. She now has three grandsons, I believe, defending our freedom in Iraq and has done countless hours in support of our troops. Anyways, she called to ask me for my help in supplying our boys and girls stationed in Iraq with some Xbox consoles and more importantly, games for the consoles they already have. She has received numerous letters from our soldiers stating that Xbox is one of the ways that our boys pass the time when they aren’t busy defending our nation.
I had the pleasure of meeting Nadine when a group of 35 soldiers wounded in Iraq were invited to tour the Microsoft campus on August 3rd. Nadine is a lovely lady who obviously takes the welfare of our troops to heart and has done great things to support our toops. In the roughly 2 hours I spent with the group, about 30 minutes of that time was spent with my arm around this great lady. Truth be told, she reminded me somewhat of a grandmotherly type, and just being around her made you smile. One of the things that I noticed from this meeting was the overwhelming response of some of the soldiers to Xbox. I heard more stories about their Halo2 adventures than of their real life toils in Iraq, so I can testify that Xbox was seen as a vital pastime to these brave men and women.
So when Nadine asked for my help, I felt obligied to try and rise to her calling. I, along with some of my fellow bloggers, are now in the process of trying to get this started. We haven’t picked out a name yet, but when we do, I will be sure and let all know. The goal is to try and get as many games and consoles as possible into the hands of Operation Support ourTroops as soon as possible. Nadine set a lofty goal of 3000 games and didn’t specify a number of consoles., however, I would like to set that number at 100 consoles to start. Feel free to contact me for more information if you would like to help out with providing our soldiers with a little bit of fun during their stressful times.