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Area groups get $9,000 in grants from foundation

Grants totaling $9,000 were awarded to 13 area charities Saturday by the Peabody Community Foundation during its annual Pancake Day.

Peabody Hearts for Hart Park received the largest award, $1,700. A host of children eager for updated playground equipment joined Hannah Bourbon to accept the check.

Five other grants totaling $2,800, will benefit Peabody area youth. Awardees were The Hub, Prairie View’s interventive after school program, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Hillsboro Lion’s Club for a vision screener to be used throughout the county, and Peabody-Burns Elementary School Safe Kids Camp for camp T-shirts.

Four grants totaling $2,500 will help sustain the quality of life in Peabody: Township Library technology and HVAC upgrades, the Christmas light fund, Fall Festival, and an animal control chip reader for the City of Peabody.

Emergency needs in the Peabody area were supported with $2,000 to the Families and Communities Together Financial Assistance Fund for families in USD 398, funds to upgrade shelving at the Association of Churches Food Pantry, and a scholarship for a Circles of Marion County leader.

“These grants came out of two of our PCF endowed funds,” said NM Patton, PCF board president. “When people donate to these funds or set up their own endowed fund, the main part of the fund is there for our community forever.

“We give a percentage out each year, but the fund itself remains as a resource to the community,” he said.

Grants were from PCF Endowment Fund and Kansas Health Foundation Fund.

Last modified Feb. 7, 2019

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