The Salute Our Troops Caravan visited three different Apex Kangaroo stores on Monday and Tuesday to celebrate the men and women that serve our country, and those that support them.
Hundreds of dollars were raised during the event for the Kangaroo Express Salute Our Troops fundraising campaign, directly benefiting the USO of N.C., the N.C. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Fund and the Wounded Warrior Project.
Apex residents recorded personal and emotional video shout outs to the troops. The videos will be shared at USO centers overseas and posted on www.KESalute.com.
Residents also learned how to drive a bike with a motorcycle simulator, took photos with military vehicles and climbed a rock wall with the help of military veterans.
In its inaugural year, the 2011 Salute Our Troops campaign raised $2.5 million dollars, breaking fundraising records for many beneficiary organizations, including the largest grassroots fundraising initiative in the USO’s 70-year history. Donations raised in 2011 continue to support our military and their families right here through the following organizations
Since the funds were donated, the N.C. National Guard Soldiers and Airmen Assitance Fund has been able to assist North Carolina Guard families by providing emergency grants. Among many others, such grants have covered rent for a wounded warrior, medical bills for a soldier injured in a car accident and hotel and food costs for a soldier whose home was demolished in a tornado.
Funds raised in North Carolina also helped to support the five USO centers throughout the state, including a mobile unit and centers located at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Raleigh Durham International Airport, Fort Bragg and Jacksonville. Together, these centers helped support over 407,000 service men and women and their families in 2011.
For more information, visit www.kesalute.com.