Kangaroo plans $1M donation

Published 11:13 pm Thursday, May 9, 2013

Nicole Connor gasses up the Victory Junction Pink Truck, donated by country star Taylor Swift, at Suffolk’s Wilroy Road Kangaroo Express during a visit in March. The visit thanked area Kangaroo employees like David Carr and David Stover, also pictured, for raising money for a camp for sick kids.

Nicole Connor gasses up the Victory Junction Pink Truck, donated by country star Taylor Swift, at Suffolk’s Wilroy Road Kangaroo Express during a visit in March. The visit thanked area Kangaroo employees like David Carr and David Stover, also pictured, for raising money for a camp for sick kids.

Kangaroo Express has raised more than $1 million this year for Victory Junction, funds that will send more than 400 children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses to summer camp.

During its fifth annual fundraiser, which took place at more than 700 convenience stores and 100 restaurants, including the company’s two stores in Suffolk, Kangaroo Express collected donations throughout March.

The company will present a check to Victory Junction for $1,015,922 during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., on May 18.

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Victory Junction was founded in 2004 by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their late son Adam. The camp relies solely on donations from individuals and corporations like Kangaroo Express to give children a once-in-a-lifetime camping experience. It costs $2,500 to send one child to camp for a week at no cost to his or her family.

“After raising more than $1 million for Victory Junction two years in a row, it is clear that Victory Junction has captured the hearts of Kangaroo Express guests and associates,” said Scott Smith, eastern division vice president, Kangaroo Express. “More than a fundraising milestone, this summer has been a celebration of both the fifth anniversary of our fundraiser and the 10th summer children with severe illnesses have been able to enjoy themselves at Victory Junction.”

Victory Junction aids children with neurological and genetic disorders, craniofacial anomalies, sickle cell, skin disease and pediatric burn survivors.

“Victory Junction provides an experience of enrichment and camaraderie to children from across the country and we are so appreciative that once again this campaign will help us see as many children as we can in 2013,” said Brooke Hondros, director of development at Victory Junction.