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Citadel News Service
23 Apr 2012

Cadets Caring for Others donating 264,000 aluminum tabs plus $1,000 to Ronald McDonald House

One tab. It’s a small thing. But when combined with hundreds of thousands of soda can pull tabs it means a lot to the Ronald McDonald House of Charleston.

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With the help of several community partners, Citadel cadets have collected more than 205 pounds of aluminum pull tabs and raised $1,000 in cash to donate to Ronald McDonald House of Charleston.

With the help of several community partners, Citadel cadets have collected more than 205 pounds of aluminum pull tabs and raised $1,000 in cash to donate to Ronald McDonald House of Charleston. It’s part of the Cadets Caring for Others service project.

“Community service is an important part of The Citadel experience. Everyone who donated pull tabs now has a better appreciation for Ronald McDonald House,"  said Cadet Josh Wright, who spearheaded the project. Wright is a junior from Moore, S.C., and the current regimental cadet activities NCO for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

On Tuesday, April 24 the cadets will make a presentation to Ronald McDonald House at 11 a.m. in the first floor lounge in Mark Clark Hall. 

“This donation shows what passion for a cause can do in the hands of leaders like Citadel cadets,” said Barbara Bond, executive director and CEO of Ronald McDonald House, which provides families of seriously ill children with a place to stay while undergoing hospital treatment. “This contribution will go a long way to support families of seriously ill children.”

Wright enlisted the help of Orange Grove Elementary School, Mason Preparatory School, the Department of Corrections along with November and Mike companies and faculty and staff to collect the soda can tabs. With a value of about $158 the tabs bring the cadets’ fundraising total to $1,158. The tabs will be recycled for money to support house operations.

“We want to build on the awareness we generated this year to make next year’s project even bigger,” Wright said.

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