Operation Christmas Drop fundraising in underway Published July 22, 2008 By Airman 1st Class Nichelle Griffiths 36th Wing Public Affairs ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Who says it's too early to talk or even think about Christmas? Not the volunteers of Operation Christmas Drop 2008. "The goal of starting the fundraisers earlier this year is to help get much needed funds to startup the operation and to purchase supplies for those in need. The money will go towards purchasing parachutes for the drops, food, and buying critical supplies for the Islands of Micronesia," explains Staff Sgt. Jamie Powell, 36th Wing Communications Squadron. This year's first fundraising activity is the Operation Christmas Drop Golf tournament scheduled for August 22 at the Palm Tree Golf Course. Every year as part of a training exercise, members of Team Andersen and the 36th Airlift Squadron from Yokota Air Base, Japan drop humanitarian supplies donated by local businesses, citizens and military members throughout the Micronesian Islands. Since 1952 Operation Christmas drop has been dropping supplies, food, tools and of toys throughout the islands of Micronesia. Operation Christmas Drop is a non-profit organization powered by volunteers from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam that have to date dropped over 800,000 pounds of goods throughout the islands.