Funds will help fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.
The Pantry Inc.’s Florida Kangaroo Express locations have raised more than $233,000 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.
“Give Kids The World is a compassionate and dedicated non-profit that helps share the magic found here in our backyard of Central Florida with kids from all over the world,” said Paul Moody, division vice president at Kangaroo Express. “We are honored to do our part in helping fulfill the wishes of these inspiring children and their families.”
Through Nov. 9, guests could donate to GKTW at any of the almost 400 Florida 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.
“We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Kangaroo Express and all the great people of Florida that helped raise over $233,000 for our organization in just 30 days,” said GKTW President Pam Landwirth. “Their donation will help Give Kids The World continue its mission to provide the happiness that inspires hope for children battling a life-threatening illness.”
Every year, GKTW fulfills the wishes of 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 unforgettably happy days.
Headquartered in Cary, N. C., The Pantry Inc. operates 1,655 stores in 13 states under select banners, including Kangaroo Express.