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Citadel News Service
9 Feb 2010

The Citadel gives Red Cross more than $2,000 for Haiti relief

With a flick of his pen, Cadet Trey Swinton made out a check for nearly $1,200 on Tuesday and then presented it to Louise Welch Williams, chief executive officers of the American Red Cross Lowcountry Chapter.

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Cadet Trey Swinton, regimental human affairs officer, completes a check for nearly $1,200 that was raised by the Corps of Cadets for relief efforts in Haiti.

The money, which was raised during a benefit concert organized by the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, was one of three monetary donations given to the Red Cross for earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.

Along with the cadets, the Student Government Association of The Citadel Graduate College on Tuesday presented $50 in cash and several bags and boxes of clothing and non perishable food items for the relief effort. Earlier this month, athletes at The Citadel raised $840 at a basketball game and a wrestling match.

Aramark, the campus dining services provider, donated the proceeds of jumbo pretzel concessions during the Jan. 21 Bulldog basketball game. Aramark sold 94 pretzels,  contributing more than $200 dollars.

In total, members of The Citadel family raised approximately $2,288 to help the people of Haiti.

“I’m very proud of everyone who got behind this idea and was so generous with their time and money,” Swinton said. “This idea came to me because I wondered how our government was going help, but I realized that as Americans we can and should respond to the call for help."

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Cadets and Citadel Graduate College students gather for the presentation to the American Red Cross Lowcountry Chapter for relief efforts in Haiti. From left, Richard Bush, CGC SGA president; Stephen Spencer, SCCC '07; Erica Wright, Cadet Richard Jordan, senior class president; Louise Welch Williams of the American Red Cross Lowcountry Chapter, Cadet Trey Swinton, regimental human affairs officer; Anna Lawton, Regimental Commander Zach Holliday and Rachel Sommer of Aramark.

Williams said the needs in Haiti are immense, but donations like The Citadel’s make it possible to provide immediate assistance to the earthquake victims. More than $252 million has been raised for Haiti relief and recovery efforts. Four Red Cross warehouses are operating at full capacity in Haiti and Red Cross distributions of food and items such as blankets, hygiene kits and water containers have reached 170,000 people.

"It has been great to see how the cadets and graduate students have pulled together to help the people of Haiti,” said Richard Bush, president of the graduate college Student Government Association.

“The Citadel can be proud in knowing that it is blessed with students and employees who are willing to give their time and money to help others."

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