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Scugog First Nation spreads holiday cheer across Durham

Mississaugas of Scugog Island hand out nearly $300,000

SCUGOG -- The Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation sprinkled some holiday cheer across Durham on Wednesday by handing out nearly $300,000 in financial gifts.

The Scugog first nation, through its charitable licensee, the Baagwating Community Association, doled out $283,000 to 37 organizations on Nov. 27 during its annual Christmas reception.

The Port Perry Hospital Foundation received the biggest gift of the day, a $100,000 donation, followed by Grandview Children’s Foundation ($50,000), Durham Outlook for the Needy ($25,000) and ArtsCan Circle ($10,000).

Donations of $5,000 were handed out to the Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity, the Durham District School Board’s First Nations Literacy Program, Operation Scugog food bank hampers, Uxbridge-Scugog Animal Shelter and the Ontario Volunteer Emergency Response Team (OVERT).

Big Brothers-Big Sisters of North Durham and the Caesarea Skate Park for Kids each received $4,000 and the John Howard Society of Durham Region was the recipient of $3,500.

The Port Perry Skating Club, Native Canadian Centre Toronto, Denise House, Nishnawbe Homes and WindReach Farm all received $3,000 and $2,500 was presented to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Port Perry Minor Hockey, Community Care Durham, Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes, Na-Me-Res Men’s Shelter and North House Transitional Housing.

Donations of $2,000 were handed out to R.H. Cornish Public School, Anish Kwewag Gamig Inc., Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Clarington, Oshawa Community Health Centre, Community Gift Giving Port Perry, Durham Region Special Olympics, Distress Centre Durham, Durham Children’s Aid Foundation, Clarington East Food Bank, York House, Community Christmas Gift Giving Oshawa and Community Living Durham North.

A $1,500 donation was also presented to the Scugog Island United Church.

The Baagwating Community Association is the charitable arm of the Great Blue Heron Charity Casino.

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