Citadel cadets raised more than $6,100 in cash and collected hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise to create care packages for military troops serving in the Middle East.
Today they gathered in Mark Clark Hall Auditorium to pack boxes that will be mailed to the Marine Wing Service Support 271, Unit 78102 and the 111th Signals Battalion - Bravo Company ITT Systems Division, both of which are serving overseas in support of the war in Iraq. Using an assembly line set up, boxes were packed with items like toiletries, games, snacks, books and prepaid telephone calling cards to help make life a little easier for servicemen and women.
"The Corps of Cadets is grateful for the outpouring of support we received from Y102.5, Charleston area businesses, students, faculty and staff, and the many individuals who gave us money, donated items and encouraged us," said Cadet Chad Buckel, a senior who spearheaded the care package project in December 2003 and again this year.
"Our goal was to do something nice for our troops and show them we care," Buckel said. "It is encouraging to know there are many others who wanted to show they care by helping us do that."
Community service has been an integral part of The Citadel educational experience for many years. The care package project is just one of many community service endeavors, which range from beach sweeps to hurricane relief efforts, Last year cadets logged an amazing 56,000 hours of community service. During the fall semester alone, cadets served an astounding 13,689 hours.