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November 21, 2014

Morongo Gives Nearly 1,000 Thanksgiving Turkeys to Needy in San Francisco

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians near Palm Springs continues its tradition of generosity by once again providing more than 10,000 turkeys statewide to people in need.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Five San Francisco groups that help provide hot Thanksgiving meals to the homeless and less fortunate are receiving nearly 1,000 free turkeys this holiday season from the Morongo Band of Mission Indians near Palm Springs.

On November 25th, Morongo Tribal Councilman Tom Linton, representing The Morongo Band of Mission Indians, presents Chinese Hospital of San Francisco and Chinatown Community Development Center with a gift of over 300 turkeys to distribute to people of need in San Francisco’s Chinatown. At the event, Captain David Lazar, San Francisco Police Department Central Station, leads a team of police officers to deliver and distribute turkeys to residents. The birds will be used to prepare holiday meals for those in need or will be distributed directly to the less fortunate in the city’s Chinatown.

“We are very grateful to the Morongo Band of Indians for their compassion and longtime support of the Chinatown community,” said the Rev. Norman Fong, executive director of Chinatown Community Development Center.

Earlier this month, Morongo donated hundreds of turkeys to Glide Memorial United Methodist Church, the United Council of Human Services and the San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce.

“Despite the economy’s improvement, many people continue to struggle and we appreciate the Morongo Band of Mission Indians stepping up to help provide Thanksgiving meals to those in the greatest need,” said Dr. Caesar Churchwell, senior vice president of the San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce, which has partnered with Morongo for a number of years.

Overall, the 1,000 turkeys will help feed an estimated 20,000 people in San Francisco. This is the 15th year Morongo has provided turkeys to San Francisco-based groups. Statewide, the tribe donated more than 10,000 turkeys to charities, churches and food banks this year.

Morongo Tribal Councilman Tom Linton, who presented groups with the donated turkeys, said the tribe has a long relationship with the San Francisco organizations, which it deeply respects.

“It’s an honor to once again team up with these groups, which work so hard to provide lifeline services to those in need in the San Francisco community,” Linton said. “At Morongo, we have a long tradition of helping the less fortunate, even during times when our tribe was struggling to survive. We feel fortunate to be able to offer assistance here and across the state.”

With this year’s donation, Morongo’s 29th Annual Thanksgiving Outreach program has provided more than 1.3 million holiday meals to the less fortunate in California.



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