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.
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