The DRPS Food & Toy Drive received a substantial boost on Nov. 27th from our friends at the Baagwating Community Association (BCA).
Chairman of the BCA Board of Directors, Gary Edgar and members of the board donated $3,000 worth of brand new toys to the 2014 campaign. This generous donation was part of the BCA's annual commitment to help local community agencies.
The funds are generated by the operation of the charity casino Great Blue Heron on Scugog Island. This year, an incredible $552,500 was donated back to local charities by the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.
Reaching out and helping a neighbour is a long-standing trait of the Ojibwa people, Chairman Edgar told the assembled crowd. He explained that, back in the 1600s, his ancestors arrived in these parts to help the Hurons fight against the Iroquois. Many Ojibwa stayed and continued the tradition of lending a hand over the centuries, helping neighbours get through difficult winters and sharing food and supplies.
DRPS Chief Paul Martin and North Division Inspector Mitch Colling were on hand to collect the toys and say thanks for such a generous and impressive gesture.
The $552,500 in donations went to a wide range of local community agencies, including the Durham Chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Food Banks in Newcastle and Port Perry, Denise House, Community Care and many others. A giant $250,000 cheque was presented to officials with Lakeridge Health - Port Perry for their renovation project planned to begin next year.
The DRPS would like to once again thank the Baagwating Community Association for its generosity and support. Miigwech!
Insp. Mitch Colling Accepts Donation from BCA Board Members Rhonda Coppaway and Della Charles (JPG file, 344.8K bytes)
DRPS Members Gratefully Receive the Toy Donations from the BCA (JPG file, 346.7K bytes)