John Madden donated Xbox to military troops every Christmas
TAMPA, Fla .– After Hall of Fame coach John Madden passed away, we remember the holiday cheer he brought each year to those who couldn’t be home with their families.
Madden has continuously shown support for a local Wesley Chapel nonprofit that provides care packages to military troops deployed in remote areas.
While many packages contain essentials like tube socks and toothpaste, they also contain surprises like cigars – and even Xboxes.
Every Christmas, 20 of the popular game consoles were donated to Support the Troops by Madden himself.
Air Force Pilot Captain Ryan Sheive was one of the group that spent Christmas 2020 deployed to Qatar and received an Xbox.
“It’s almost like the person who builds this box or sends you this box is sending you a hug from the United States – a hug from home,” Sheive said in a previous interview.
Here’s a photo of the team playing with a gifted Xbox:
Madden, along with other donors in the Tampa Bay area, used care packages sent by Support the Troops to spread holiday happiness.
In conjunction with the nonprofit and Sonny’s BBQ, 10 Tampa Bay is running an ongoing vacation campaign called 10 for the Troops, which collects toiletries and other supplies for military personnel serving overseas until ‘at the end of the year.
The biggest expense for Support the Troops is postage, so you can help by donating on their website.
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