Morongo Tribe to Provide Over 35,000 Thanksgiving Dinners to Those in Need This Week

Nov 13, 2007, 00:00 ET from Morongo Tribe

    BANNING, Calif., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Morongo Band of Mission
 Indians launched their annual turkey donation program this week. Through
 Friday, November 16th volunteers will arrive daily from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
 at the Morongo Community Center located on the reservation at 11581 Potrero
 Road in Banning, California, where they will assemble 8,000 turkey
 packages, representing over 35,000 Thanksgiving dinners. Today, members
 from over 60 Riverside County, San Bernardino County and Los Angeles County
 nonprofit organizations will pick up turkeys to distribute to those they
 serve between 2-4 p.m. On Wednesday, November 14th the Morongo Tribe will
 deliver turkeys to local schools in Cabazon and Banning between 2-4 p.m. On
 Thursday, November 15th, the tribe will deliver to other reservations in
 need including Anza, Mecca and Santa Rosa before 2-4 p.m. Lastly, on
 Monday, November 19th, tribe members including children and their parents
 will take a trip to the L.A. Mission to make a final Thanksgiving dinner
     "We are giving out 8,000 turkeys," says tribe member Frank Johnson. "As
 a tribe, it is very important to us to give back to the community. This
 year we are expanding our outreach to those who recently lost their homes
 due to the fires."
     65 groups throughout Riverside and Los Angeles Counties will benefit
 from the tribe's generosity including Inland AIDS Project, ABC Recovery
 Center, the L.A. and Riverside Missions, various VFW chapters, and other
 regional Indian reservations.
     "Sharing food is a ritual sacred to our native traditions," says Tribal
 Charity Committee Chairwoman Elaine Mathews. "Serving the poor, and those
 in need is inherent to our beliefs."
     The annual turkey donation program has been a cherished part of the
 Morongo Tribe's holiday season for nearly three decades. The Tribe's
 cumulative yearly outreach efforts represent over 1 million dollars
 annually to over 200 nonprofit and community organizations.
     Kimberly Nichols

SOURCE Morongo Tribe