Activision has announced that, through the weekend, folks playing Call of Duty: Black Ops III have the ability to buy a trio of “Calling Cards” for their in-game character, with proceeds from this special set of items going to support the Call of Duty Endowment, which supports U.S. veterans.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, all you have to do to pitch in is drop into Call of Duty: Black Ops III, pick up the Call of Duty Endowment Valor Calling Card set and know that your $4 for the trio of tags is going to help support veterans who, returning from service, are on the lookout for jobs.
This program was established by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick back in 2009 and, to date, fundraisers like this one have helped place veterans in more than 23,000 jobs across the country. To help boost that number even higher, you can fork over four bucks this weekend to get a set of Calling Cards that display a set of military divers, an old-school fighter plane and a pair of soldiers standing next to a tank. These Cards are meant to represent the three main branches of the U.S. military, the Navy, Air Force and Army.
Just a reminder that the Call of Duty Endowment is a non-profit organization, so you don't have to worry about your contribution not being put to good use. According to Endowment executive director Dan Goldenberg in an announcement for this weekend's promotion, gamers have done a heck of a lot to make this promotion such a success.
To date, the Call of Duty community has contributed over $1 million to our efforts to help veterans through the in-game program. With this funding, our grantees will place over 1,800 veterans in high quality jobs. Through this campaign alone, the Call of Duty community has essentially put an entire brigade back to work, which is tremendous.
It's easy to forget while playing games like Call of Duty or Battlefield that the scenarios being depicted aren't too far from home. Men and women risk their lives on a daily basis so we can continue spending our free times playing games like these, so it's nice that we're occasionally given the opportunity to throw a little support back in the other direction.
These new Calling Cards are only available for a limited time, but you can grab them across the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops III. After chipping in, feel free to use them within the game to remind people that they've got a limited window to pitch in as well.
If you planned on playing Black Ops III through the weekend anyway, it's certainly something worth considering.