A day of giving at the Prairie Band Casino

Published: Jul. 11, 2019 at 5:11 PM CDT
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The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation donated more than $72,000 to area charities Thursday.

The tribe presented the grants today during its quarterly charitable donation award ceremony.

Since 1999, they have selected organizations that show an active participation in the community and share the tribe's values.

Charitable donations committee member Ruth Harjo said it's about more than just giving out money.

"I think it’s important because we are a part of the community,” Harjo said. “We use the services and different activities within the state of Kansas and it's important for us to be not just seen as part of the community, but be part of that community."

13 NEWS’ Chris Fisher received $1,000 from the tribe for his 10th Annual Clays for Kids.

Here's a list of recipients:

South Brown County - USD 430

American Cancer Society

Mayetta Pioneer Days

10th Annual Clays for Kids

United Way

Breakthrough House Inc

Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas

Alzheimer's Association

Morning Star, Inc

East Topeka Senior Center

Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy

YWCA Northeast Kansas

20-30 Club of Topeka

Meals on Wheels

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

St Mary's Food Pantry

East Central Kansas Economic

Opportunity Corporation

Friends of the Topeka Zoo

Parent & Teachers Helping Students

Shawnee County Allied Tribes

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Royals Blood Drive at Prairie Band

The Community Blood Center hosted a blood drive at the casino on Thursday and was giving away a pair of Royals tickets.

Organizers said they use the tickets as incentive to get more donations during the summer because that is when they have the lowest amount of donations.

"This is a Royals blood drive because in the summer,” Melissa Boohar, Account Manager, said. “We have a harder time getting donors. Everyone is on vacation, it’s harder."

The Community Blood Center will have another blood drive and more tickets to give away Friday at the Prairie Band Potawatomi Health Center from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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