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Citadel News Service
25 Nov 2008

Citadel Marines to deliver food baskets on Thanksgiving Day

U.S. Marines at The Citadel hope to make Thanksgiving Day a feast to behold for several North Charleston families.

In partnership with the North Charleston Fire Department and Seacoast Church, the Marine ROTC unit at The Citadel will deliver Thanksgiving meal baskets to families along Parana Street near Dunston Elementary School Thursday afternoon.

The Marines, who attend classes at The Citadel while working on a degree and an officer’s commission, will meet at the North Charleston Fire Department station at Rivers Avenue and Remount Road at noon on Thursday. The food baskets will be loaded onto a fire truck and delivered to the families beginning about 12:30 p.m.

Throughout the month of November, Marines at The Citadel have volunteered their time collecting food and monetary donations for the Lowcountry Food Bank. Since 2004, The Citadel Marine ROTC unit in coordination with the Lowcountry Food Bank has conducted the Thanksgiving food drive. To date, they have collected more than 10,000 non-perishable food items for soup kitchens and shelters throughout the greater Charleston area.

“The Citadel’s participation in this year’s food drive is highly anticipated by the Lowcountry Food Bank,” said Col. Paul B. Dunahoe, commanding officer of Naval ROTC at The Citadel. “Times are tight for everyone, but there are those who need extra help, and this will hopefully help ease the burden of feeding many needy people over the holiday season.”

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