Another batch of DVDs headed to Iraq
GRAND JUNCTION – Alone in a warzone with DVDs and time to kill, Doug Hayduk’s confident about what he’d watch – and it’s not “Finding Nemo.””It’s action, cars going fast, crashing and stuff … that’s absolutely something that’s going to appeal to a 20-something male,” said Hayduk, owner of Fruita’s Wicked Gravity Video.When Hayduk last year read about a local Realtor who was collecting movies to ship to U.S. servicemen and women in Iraq and Afghanistan, he got excited about the chance to donate some of his own work.”In Dust We Trust,” a two-hour celebration of fast things racing, often crashing across the U.S. southwest and Mexico, is now bound for the Middle East. Fifty DVD copies of Hayduk’s film will be part of Operation DVD, which stands for Desert Video Delivery.Now in its fifth run in the nearly four years since the United States invasion of Iraq, the movie collection drive is again headed up by Marjorie Genova, a Realtor with Grand Junction’s Bray & Company.
Over those years, Genova estimates more than 1,000 movies have been donated or purchased, and shipped to troops – and more are coming.”We’ve probably got around 300 so far,” Genova said.
Genova’s creation, Operation DVD asks residents to donate used or new movies – no music. Cash donations, which Genova said have yielded the largest volume of DVDs, are also accepted.They’re eventually boxed up for shipment to deployed troops. This time Genova says she has names and addresses for eight people, who’ll be asked to share movies.Each shipped box has a note attached: “Thank you to the American soldiers, from your friends in Grand Junction, Colorado.”It all started in the fall 2003 when Genova’s son, Capt. Marcus Genova with the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division, wrote home responding to mom’s queries about what a soldier might like in his or downtime.”He said send movies,” Marjorie Genova said.
Marcus Genova’s second tour in Iraq ended in November.And while support for the war has waned at home, Grand Junction’s eagerness over the years to support troops with movies, hasn’t.”It’s actually gotten a lot bigger since the word’s gone out,” she said.So don’t be alarmed if you see a woman hauling a shopping cart into your neighborhood Blockbuster.”I wish we weren’t still doing this, but we will until there’s no more soldiers there,” she said.