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Fla. National Guard Foundation Gets $159,000 Donation

4:45 PM, Oct 26, 2011   |    comments
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- It's the gift of support for those serving our country.

A local gas station chain is giving back to the community.

The Florida National Guard accepted a check for $159,000 from Kangaroo Express at their headquarters in St. Augustine. The donation came from "Salute Our Troops," a summer fundraising campaign through the gas station chain.

Dave Henninger, the Vice President of Marketing for Pantry Inc., which operates the Kangaroo Express convenience store chain, said the thanks goes to the employees and the community.

"It was our associates at our stores and every one of our customers that came through the front door to donate their change, donate a dollar," Henninger said. "At the end of the day it was our customers and members of this community that helped us raise this money because they care so much about what the [National Guard] does for us."

Although Kangaroo Express raised $2.5 million total to support the USA, Wounded Warrior Project and other military support organizations, the $159,000 will be used locally for the Florida National Guard Foundation. The non-profit foundation provides support to the men and women of the Florida National Guard in times of emergencies and deployments.

"Things that occur as an emergency during that long time when the soldier or airman is deployed create a need for the family," Maj. Gen. Emmett Titshaw said. "So we're able to assist those families with the Florida National Guard Foundation."

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