Morongo Tribe to Provide Over 35,000 Thanksgiving Dinners to Those in Need This Week
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 delivery. "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. FOR MORE INFORMATION, TO ARRANGE MEDIA COVERAGE OR TO SET UP INTERVIEWS: Kimberly Nichols 760.464.6000
SOURCE Morongo Tribe
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