A LIFE-CHANGING VISIT TO SIERRA LEONE
By Erica Ammermuller
Anna and a rescued orphan at the Children's Rescue Center in Sierra Leone.
Anna Cantrell, a College of Charleston sophomore has had a passion for service for her entire life. Starting with Meals on Wheels in her Northern Virginia town, Cantrell has grown to consider her volunteer work and community service part of her life.
Over winter break while most students were sitting around and relaxing after a trying semester, Cantrell was doing something very different, giving back. For two weeks, Anna traveled to Bo, Sierra Leone to volunteer at the Children's Rescue Center established by her primary volunteer organization, Helping Children Worldwide. Cantrell believes that the best way to help people in need is to show them that you care, and she did just that.
Although missing her time in Sierra Leone, Cantrell has continued to stay involved on campus. She is one of the founding members of the College's Operation Smile chapter. Operation Smile is an organization dedicated to raising money for children with facial deformities. Anna was recently elected vice president of the College of Charleston's chapter.
As is evident, Cantrell is a giving volunteer with a passion for providing her time and service to those in need. There is no doubt that Anna will continue to give back to the local community, nation, and world.
ABOUT ANNA CANTRELL
Hometown: Oak Hill, Va.
Major: International Studies
Graduation: May 2013