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Citadel News Service
7 Nov 2011

Corps of Cadets launches year-long fundraiser for local charity

Before you toss that soda can, the Corps of Cadets wants you to snap off the pull tab and donate it to Cadets Caring for Others, a fundraising effort created this year to raise money to support the Ronald McDonald House in Charleston.

Under the auspices of Cadet Activities at The Citadel, cadets have placed collection bins around campus and have solicited support from several local businesses and schools that either are donating supplies for the fundraiser or will serve as collection points for the aluminum pull tabs.

“This fundraiser is a way to get the Corps of Cadets involved in the community and raise money for a good cause,” said Cadet Josh Wright, regimental activities NCO. 

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The Ronald McDonald House of Charleston, located at 81 Gadsden St. downtown, provides a "home away from home" for families of seriously ill children. Having a place to stay eliminates the financial burden of costly hotels and provides a home-like atmosphere where families can lead a life as normal as possible during their time of need.

Cadets Caring for Others would like to raise enough money to support 25 families for one month at the Ronald McDonald House. The pull tabs are recycled for money to fund house operations. It takes about 1,267 tabs to make one pound, which can be sold to recyclers for about 40 cents a pound.

Collection points – white bins with a red flyer -- are located in front of the following buildings on campus: Mark Clark Hall, Daniel Library, Capers Hall, McAlister Field House, Deas Hall and in the Commandant’s Office on the second floor of Jenkins Hall.

To get cadets involved, Aramark Dining Services will provide a special lunch to the cadet company that raises the most tabs. Each company has its own collection container.

In addition, Mason Preparatory School, Coastal Pre-Release Center and Orange Grove Elementary School have agreed to collect and donate pull tabs for Cadets Caring for Others. FedEx at 73 St. Philip St., and The UPS Store at 520 Folly Road have donated boxes and other supplies and will serve as collection points for the pop tabs. Pop tabs must be in a closed container such as milk jugs or re-sealable plastic bags.

To donate money to the fundraiser, make checks payable to The Citadel and write “Cadets Caring for Others” on the bottom left of the check. Mail them to Cadet Activities MSC 130, The Citadel, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, SC 29409.

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