Morongo Band of Mission Indians Donates Turkeys to Chinatown Community Development Center

Left to right: Anni Chung, Self Help For the Elderly; Brenda Lee, Chinese Hospital; Tom Linton, Morongo Band of Indians; Malcolm Yeung; and Rose Park

San Francisco (November 22, 2013) -- Chinatown Community Development Center received 300 turkeys from the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. The tribe also presented to Chinese Community Hospital, Self Help for the Elderly, and Chinatown Community Development Center with free turkeys which will be used to prepare holiday meals or distributed directly to those in need in the city’s Chinatown. Morongo donated total of 1000 turkeys to several San Francisco nonprofit organizations.

Morongo Tribal Councilman Tom Linton, who presented the groups with the donated turkeys from the Morongo Indian Reservation, said the tribe has a long relationship with the San Francisco organizations for which it has a deep respect. “These groups provide vital services to the San Francisco community and Morongo is honored to be partnering with them once again to provide food and care to others this Thanksgiving,” Linton said. “At Morongo, we are fortunate to be able to offer assistance in areas across the state where needs exist. Even when our tribe was struggling to survive, giving always remained a part of who we are, and that will never change.” Morongo has donated 80,000 turkeys since the inception of the free turkey give-a-away program.

“Chinatown CDC will use the donated turkeys to provide Thanksgiving meals to families, seniors, and to the less fortunate” says Rev. Norman Fong, Executive Director of Chinatown Community Development Center. “We are grateful for the Morongo Band of Indians generosity and their spirit of giving and as a result, many who can’t afford a meal will be able to enjoy Thanksgiving with their families and friends.”

Other nonprofit organizations receiving the free turkeys include Self Help for the Elderly and Chinese Hospital, Cameron House, Glide Memorial United Methodist Church, the United Council of Human Services and the San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce.

The mission of the Chinatown Community Development Center is to build community and enhance the quality of life for low-income residents of San Francisco's neighborhoods. We are a community development organization with many roles--serving as neighborhood advocates, organizers and planners, providers of youth leadership training, and as developers and managers of affordable housing. Since its founding in 1977, CCDC has developed 24 affordable housing buildings, serving over 2,300 low-income seniors, formerly homeless adults, and families. We have helped plan and build community centers and parks, coordinated street and alleyway improvements, and spearheaded neighborhood beautification efforts.

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