CITADEL HEROES PROJECT:
Back in November 2007, the Citadel Family
Association realized that there were approximately
18 Citadel Cadets who had their college interrupted
when they answered the call from their military units
to serve our country. The CFA wanted to express appreciation
by sending Christmas gifts to all our Citadel Cadets.
The CFA gathered Christmas cards, letters, food items,
magazines, books, supplies and entertainment items.
With the assistance of Col John Carter and his staff,
Citadel Cadets who packaged the boxes, these gifts
were shipped to our entire Citadel deployed. The Citadel
Alumni Association provided postage expenses.
The result was an overwhelming outpouring
of support from our CFA families and Citadel Cadets.
This mission was given the designation of Citadel
Heroes. So this is how the Citadel Heroes enterprise
What started out as a Christmas operation
has turned into a long-term commitment to keep this
project going for as long as we have deployed Cadets.
The year will be changed, but the Citadel Heroes will
remain. The CFA soon realized that our Cadets deserved
more than just once a year attention; our efforts
were therefore expanded to include Easter and July
4th. We also send Valentine Cards in February. We
soon learned that our Citadel military share the gifts
they receive so we are not only expressing our love
and support of The Citadel, but we are reaching out
to touch a life of someone we may never know.
On September 2, 2008, the Citadel Family
Association was informed that Brian Brennan, Class
of 2006, had been severely injured while serving in
Afghanistan. We immediately sent an email to all our
CFA Volunteers asking for prayers for Brian. At the
same time the CFA started a fund to help retrofit
Brian's home so his parents could better care for
him. The response from our members was tremendous.
We had to extend the deadline for collections on two
occasions because we kept receiving emails from parents
saying "we are sending a check". On September
26th, less than a month after the fund was started,
the CFA had collected $3,900.00.
In addition to serving parents of our
current Cadets, the CFA has a prayer chain for emergency
needs, such as a wounded Citadel Alumni or a deployed
Cadet, or for other crisis that families undergo from
time to time. We are in touch with their families
through email, letters and get well cards.
What can you do?
We are also accepting donations now until April 20th
and the list of items stays the same. For all those
coming down to Corps Weekend, March 16-17 please bring
your donations to Deas Hall and see Susie Maghakian.
ITEMS OR MAKE A CHECK PAYABLE TO:
The Citadel Heroes
c/o Susie Maghakian
Dept of HESS / Deas Hall
171 Moultrie St.
Charleston, SC 29409
If you have questions, please contact
Gwen Christ, 516-650-0965,
Project Director. Or stop by our CFA table during
Parent's Weekend or Corps Day and pick up information
as to how you can participate.
Here are some suggested items that you
Apple Cider Mix
Cheese & Crackers
Chicken Salad & Crackers
Cream of Wheat
Drink Mixes (powdered)
M & M's
Oatmeal (instant packages)
Peanut Butter & Crackers
Tuna & Crackers
Foot Powder (travel size)
Gold Bond Powder
Laundry Bag (mesh)
Women's personal hygiene items
Crew Socks (white/black/sand colored)
Knitted Caps (dark colored)