Military Foundation To Get $159K Donation

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The St. Augustine-based Florida National Guard Foundation will accept a $159,000 donation from Kangaroo Express stores at 10 a.m. Friday.

The funds were raised as part of the Salute Our Troops fundraising campaign at Kangaroo Express and will be used to support members with a new rehabilitation pool.

A St. Augustine Kangaroo Express store on State Road A1A South raised $11,357, making it one of the top five fundraising stores among the company's more than 1,600 stores.

More than 90 percent of the funds raised are attributed to incremental $1 donations made at Kangaroo Express checkout counters. The most recent national 100-day fundraiser, raising $2.5 million, which more than doubled the company's original goal of $1 million.

The 100-day fundraiser was in collaboration with the USO, Wounded Warrior Project and community based military support organizations as part of its summer-long fundraising campaign.

The Pantry, Inc. is the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States. The company's primary operating banner is Kangaroo Express.

"With more than half of our stores located within 25 miles of a military installation, Kangaroo Express has supported the military and their families for many years," said Kangaroo's corporate owners, Pantry Inc.

The Florida National Guard Foundation was formed in 1983 with the purpose of providing support to the Soldiers, Airmen and the Families of the Florida National Guard and to assist those who have sacrificed their health and well-being during while being active duty.

Maj. Gen. Emmett R. Titshaw Jr., the adjutant general of Florida, will be accepting the check on behalf of the Florida National Guard Foundation.

Jacksonville-based Wounded Warrior Project will also accept their $584,000 donation from the Salute Our Troops fundraising campaign on Thursday at their headquarters. These donation will be used to support Florida National Guard members with a new rehabilitation pool.