Kangaroo Express holding charity fund raising campaign

Published 4:33 am Friday, March 29, 2013

Special to The Post-Searchlight

Kangaroo Express, an independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States, operated by The Pantry, Inc., recently announced that its Florida and select Georgia and South Carolina stores are collecting donations for Give Kids The World Village (GKTW), a 70-acre, non-profit “storybook” village in central Florida that provides cost-free, weeklong vacations for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Through April 7, guests are invited to donate to GKTW at any of the more than 570 participating Florida, Georgia and South Carolina Kangaroo Express convenience stores by purchasing a $1 or $5 pin up to hang in the store, or by donating their change at the register.

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Participating stores in Georgia include those in Bainbridge, Gainesville, Dalton, south Atlanta, Rome and surrounding areas.

GKTW provides accommodations at its whimsical resort, donated tickets to attractions, meals and more for a weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 120,000 children and their families from all 50 states and more than 70 countries.

“Kangaroo Express is a community store, and our guests and associates embrace the opportunity to help share the fairy-tale world that Give Kids The World has created right here in Florida with deserving children,” said Paul Moody, division vice president of Kangaroo Express. “It is thanks to our passionate guests and associates that we will be able to help Give Kids The World create unforgettable memories for children and families who need it most.”

Since October 2011, Kangaroo Express has helped raise more than $861,000 for GKTW, allowing more than 170 children and their families to experience the magical vacation.

“Kangaroo Express’ continued efforts have helped provide many children battling life-threatening illness with an incredible experience,” said Pam Landwirth, president, GKTW. “We look forward to working together to help fulfill the wishes of even more children this year.”

Every year, GKTW provides a dream vacation experience for more than 7,000 children with life-threatening illnesses from around the world whose one desire is to visit the theme parks of central Florida. While staying at the whimsical GKTW “Village,” these children and their families learn that dreams really do come true as they are immersed in joy, hope and nonstop fun for a few unforgettable happy days.