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The Pantry, Inc., came through big again this year for military charities, raising nearly $2.7 million during third annual Kangaroo Express Salute Our Troops campaign. The USO received $919,000 from the campaign to put toward its programs and services for troops and their families.

“Kangaroo Express guests, associates and partners have once again united to show their appreciation for the sacrifices made by our troops and their families,“ said Jose Venezia, senior vice president of operations for Kangaroo Express, in a release. "The tremendous spirit and passionate gratitude demonstrated during this summer’s Salute Our Troops campaign rallied support and pride in the communities we serve.

“This significant donation builds on our ongoing commitment to our nation’s troops and their families. With more than half of our stores near military installations and one-third of our associates directly connected to our troops, it’s a commitment to our family.”

The campaign - which lasted from June 26 through Sept. 3 - invited Kangaroo Express store guests to donate during their visits and encouraged communities to send special messages of gratitude with the military. Kangaroo Express has more than 1,550 Kangaroo Express stores across 13 states.

Kangaroo Express’ Salute Our Troops campaign has raised approximately $8.4 million the last three years. This year’s campaign benefitted the USO and Fisher House Foundation, along with eight state-based military support organizations.

You can see more photos of Salute Our Troops events on Kangaroo Express’ Facebook page.