A day of giving at the Prairie Band Casino

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MAYETTA, Kan. (WIBW) -- 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.