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Citadel News Service
29 Apr 2010

Cadets help soldiers and animals through community service

Several Citadel cadets recently distinguished themselves through community service work.

Cadets Sam Sbalbi, Kyle Blakeman, Justin Westmoreland and Ian Alexander worked with APO Malls to send care packages to American servicemen and women overseas. APO Malls is an online source of care packages and other supplies that can be sent to military troops serving abroad.

Sbalbi, Blakeman, Westmoreland and Alexander spent time at the Cooper River Bridge Run in March spreading awareness about the Adopt a Soldier Program at APO Malls. They distributed brochures and spoke to more than 1,200 people about sponsoring a solider for delivery of care packages. The cadets also delivered care packages to the post office for mailing.

In April, donations of dog and cat food, pet toys, leashes and collars were delivered to the Charleston Animal Society by Cadets Robert Musso and Christian Quizhpi along with Keith Bell, a criminal justice professor at The Citadel.

Bell spearheaded the collection and donations for the animal shelter in his criminal justice, critical issues of policing, and crime and the media courses and throughout the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice.

"Our most sincere thanks go out to Dr. Keith Bell and The Citadel cadets for donating over 200 pounds of food for the animals at Charleston Animal Society," said Jim Bush, the shelter's executive director. "We’re an open admission animal shelter and we depend on the generosity of our friends in the community to provide food and other needed supplies. The food donated by the Dr. Bell’s class will both feed our shelter animals and will be provided to pet owners at our weekly food bank."

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