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    Irving Oil Awards Grants to Nonprofits

    A dozen organizations in New England received part of $25,000 donation.

    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- Irving Oil recently awarded 12 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout New England as part of its New England Neighbor Initiative.

    Organizations across the region and the Irving customers who nominated the groups received part of $25,000 in grants and prizes, according to the company.

    "We want all of our neighbors to know that we're not just a place to fill up your tank, we're a part of this community, and we want to make things better here, too," Harry Hadiaris, general manager for Irving Oil Marketing, said in a statement.

    Consumers could visit www.irvingoil.com/neighbor to nominate local nonprofit programs for support. A total of 12 nonprofits will each receive a $2000 grant from Irving, while winning nominators will receive a $200 Irving gas card. And the first 1,000 people who nominate their favorite charity will be thanked for their participation with an Irving fuel discount card worth 25 cents off per gallon, the company stated.

    Winning organizations and Irving's reason for selection included:

    -- The Professional Center for Child Development, Andover, Mass., for its inclusive approach to providing early childhood education to children with and without special needs.
    -- Horizon's for Homeless Children, Roxbury, Mass., for their efforts to improve the lives of homeless children in and around the Boston area by providing early care and education.
    -- Cape Cod Children's Museum, Cape Cod, for its approach to making learning fun for kids and their parents.
    The Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association Scholarship Fund, Scituate, Mass., for local lobstermen's efforts to protect the ocean environment.
    --The Cranberry Educational Foundation, East Wareham, Mass., for its support of efforts to promote an equal relationship between growers and the land.
    -- Community Autism Resources, Swansea, Mass., for its commitment to providing resources and support for families of autistic children in the New Bedford area.
    -- Sherry's House, Worcester, Mass., for its compassionate care of families with critically ill children.
    -- Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts, Springfield, Mass., for its real-world approach to educating youth through business practices.
    -- eHope Foundation, Portland, Maine, for its innovative use of technology to create caring communities for the critically ill.
    -- The Children's Center of Augusta, Augusta, Maine, for its inclusive approach to providing early childhood education to children with and without special needs, supporting families and promoting inclusion of all children in the community.
    -- Let There Be Christmas Foundation, Cranston, R.I., for its grassroots efforts to help families in need celebrate the holiday season by raising money to provide gifts and monetary donations to underprivileged children and families throughout the state.
    -- Avis Goodwin Community Health Center, Dover, N.H., for its ongoing commitment to providing health care to everyone, regardless of ability to pay.

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