Substituting the Xbox

The Citadel prides itself on excellent leadership, especially that in community service. We encourage those in the corps to take action within the community and help out those who might not be as fortunate as we are to be in good shape. Most of us are blessed enough to have some sort of a financial stability, a roof, clean water, access to food, etc. While others in and out of the country might not have the same blessings. From mission trips out of the country to disaster relief directly in the Lowcountry, the corp of cadets maintains a constant drive to assist those in need.

Over this Easter/Passover weekend, I witnessed a wonderful display of leadership and service from a young girl named Sarah. When I met Sarah, she was outside of the BiLo in West Ashley. She had her American Heritage Girls uniform on and a plastic table set up with a giant sign that read “Food Drive.” Young Sarah was not going to spend her Saturday playing Xbox or jumping on a trampoline. Instead, she spent her Saturday collecting donations of food or funds for those who are less fortunate than her. The American Heritage Girl representative asked for non-perishable items such as canned fruits and vegetables (which were on sale that day!), cereals, grits, oatmeal, and other goods alike. If someone did not have the time or ability to pick up the items on her list, she took monetary donations as well.

According to their website, The American Heritage Girls are a group of young Christian ladies age 5-18.

Their mission?
“Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country.

Just like the Citadel, they have their own creed that includes a willingness to serve others, loyalty to those around them, maintaining a state of purity, and staying honest throughout their work. The AHG is similar to how Girls Scouts run, with the collection of badges, camping, troops, etc, however, they have a strong root in the faith of Christianity.

Sarah and her troop, in their next act of service and leadership, will be collecting diapers for families in need. If you wish to find out more or to even donate a spare dime (or some diapers!) please contact Olive Rentz at


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