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Citadel News Service
29 Nov 2011

Navy ROTC unit serves Thanksgiving meals to local families

Marines in The Citadel’s Navy ROTC unit teamed up with the Lowcountry Food Bank for the third straight year to spread holiday cheer to those less fortunate. Since the partnership began, the unit has provided more 60,000 Thanksgiving meals to Lowcountry residents.
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On Thanksgiving Day, six Citadel active-duty Marines and their families linked up with a local church group to hand-deliver meals in North Charleston near Remount Road. They walked to more than 60 homes, carrying individually packaged traditional Thanksgiving meals.

Staff Sgt. Christian Toro, Sgt. Korey Letterle, and Sgt. Christopher Fox, all active-duty students enrolled in the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP), at The Citadel, placed food bins throughout Charleston and collected, hauled and delivered 1,068 pounds of food to the Lowcountry Food Bank. The group also raised $1,291 through donations from individuals and businesses for the food drive.

Margaret Grant, procurement director at the Lowcountry Food Bank, praised the NROTC unit’s efforts. “These guys are hard workers and we look forward to this food drive every year,” she said.

On Thanksgiving Day, six Citadel active-duty Marines and their families linked up with a local church group to hand-deliver meals in North Charleston near Remount Road. They walked to more than 60 homes, carrying individually packaged traditional Thanksgiving meals.

Toro said: “Some of these people were so sick and down and depressed; but then you bring the food and they’re happy. It’s a pretty nice feeling.”

The Citadel’s MECEP program gives active duty enlisted Marines the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree and an officer’s commission. The Marines attend classes alongside cadets but are not integrated into the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.There are about 30 MECEPs currently enrolled at The Citadel.

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