Helping our firefighters beat the heat

Waxhaw resident wins Kangaroo Express contest, gives ‘winnings’ to local fire stations

WAXHAW — What would you do if you had 100 Roo Cups?

First, what’s a Roo Cup? They’re the insulated cups Kangaroo Express convenience stores sell so people can get cheap drink fill-ups during the hot summer months. The company recently held a competition asking people what they would do if they had 100 of the popular cups, and luckily for some local firefighters, Waxhaw resident Angie St. Gelais knew exactly what she’d do with the surplus.

On Wednesday morning, Aug. 1, St. Gelais and Waxhaw’s mayor, Daune Gardner, headed out to the Waxhaw  (above, left) and Providence (above, right) volunteer fire departments to hand out the cups to the area’s hard-working emergency teams. She also gave a couple to a mail carrier, a sanitation crew and two guys working on their truck on the side of the road.

“When the opportunity came up for us to share our love of the Roo Cup, we began imagining how we would love to be able to give the Roo Cups away to others,” St. Gelais said. “We made our funny video in hopes that we could win the chance to give 100 Roo Cups away to First Responders. We won! So … we brought our homemade cards, some snacks and the Roo Cups to the station for them to enjoy. It is so nice to be able to say thank you to these community heroes.”

St. Gelais said the cups are a family favorite during the summer, and she’s glad for the opportunity to show her kids how to do something good with something they already enjoy.

“I want my children to see that the greatest joy is in giving,” she said. “I wanted them to see how wonderful it is to look beyond themselves and brighten someone else’s day. It really doesn’t take much to bring a smile to someone who might just really need it that day,” like the two men changing a flat tire she met Wednesday.

“I hope my children will always appreciate all the hard-working individuals in the Waxhaw/Weddington area that make this community great.”

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