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CARY, N.C. -- Convenience store chain The Pantry donated 5,000 prepaid calling cards to National Guard troops for when they are deployed overseas.
Officials with Kangaroo Express, the Cary, N.C.-based company's main brand name, presented the cards to Major Gen. William Ingram, head of the North Carolina National Guard, yesterday in Raleigh, N.C., The News & Observer reported.
The Pantry needed to dispose of a large number of aging pre-paid cell phones and converted them to calling cards through a non-profit organization called Cell Phones for Soldiers, spokeswoman Leslie Myers said. The cards have about 400,000 minutes of talk time and are worth approximately $25,000, according to the report.
The Pantry owns more than 1,600 stores in 11 states.
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