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Volunteers from Calvary Murrieta School spent two days sorting and filling bags with food items donated by Century 21 Wright for a Thanksgiving giveaway to benefit the needy in the area.
Volunteers from Calvary Murrieta School spent two days sorting and filling bags with food items donated by Century 21 Wright for a Thanksgiving giveaw...
Pechanga and Verizon partnered with the Temecula Murrieta Rescue Mission to provide turkeys and meals for seniors, homeless and the needy this past Thanksgiving. (L to R): Jacob Mejia, Randy Bardwell (PDC Board), Heather Holmes, Eric Wells (Rescue Mission), Ken Perez (PDC Board), Chris Fields (Verizon FiOS).
Pechanga and Verizon partnered with the Temecula Murrieta Rescue Mission to provide turkeys and meals for seniors, homeless and the needy this past Th...
Volunteers from Pechanga, the Temecula Murrieta Rescue Mission and Calvary Murrieta high School distributed hundreds of turkeys and bags of food to local seniors and the needy this past Thanksgiving.
Volunteers from Pechanga, the Temecula Murrieta Rescue Mission and Calvary Murrieta high School distributed hundreds of turkeys and bags of food to lo...

Community joins together in Thanksgiving food giveaway


Pechanga donates 400 turkeys


Friday, December 6th, 2013
Issue 49, Volume 17.
Paul Bandong
Staff Writer


Community groups and individuals joined together in a Thanksgiving food giveaway held last Tuesday morning in Murrieta.

Pechanga Development Corporation (PDC) donated 400 turkeys; Century 21 Wright donated hundreds of pounds of canned and dry food items; Verizon Wireless donated bags; Ralph’s grocery stores also donated bags. Dozens of volunteers from the Pechanga resort, the Temecula/Murrieta Rescue Mission, and Calvary Murrieta High School participated in organizing and distributing the food to hundreds of seniors, church groups and individuals in need.

"This is a huge blessing for us and for our community," said Eric Wells of the Temecula Murrieta Rescue Mission, an organizer for the giveaway event. "Thousands of people will be able to share a meal with family and friends, something they’re not able to do because of economic conditions."

Hundreds of seniors and needy lined up for the free turkey and food bags; trucks from local churches and other senior communities (Amanda Park, Fountain Glen, Murrieta Senior Center) also loaded up to distribute to needy in their areas.

Juan Colon has been volunteering at the Thanksgiving food giveaway for three years and said, "It’s a blessing every year; this year there is a better turnout, more turkeys and food, and better organized."

"Verizon is more than happy to provide the bags for this worthwhile event," said Chris Fields, Engagement Manager for Verizon FiOS, "and to be doing a good thing for this community."

"This is a cool opportunity for us to help out, especially seniors, and give back to the community," said Cammy Fuji, president of the National Honor Society at Calvary Murrieta. The group provided eight student volunteers over the two days of Advertisement
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collecting and organizing food items. "It’s amazing what they’re doing," said Nonie Hilgesen, a 65-year old senior at Grand Isle who coincidentally taught a number of the students when they were in kindergarten and elementary at Calvary. "It just brings me to tears...to be receiving from them today."

A number of the Pechanga volunteers who normally work behind desks also came out to lend their support. April Broushard and Dominique Castillo were excited to be a part of the event. "We’re here to give out turkeys and meals in a long tradition of Pechanga giving to the community," said Broushard. "This is a great opportunity to be hands-on with giving back to the community and interacting with them," said Castillo.

The event was held at the Grand Isle at Village Walk Senior Apartment Home in Murrieta. "We’re blessing all our seniors," said Tammy Brown, manager of the senior apartments, "We had over 150 seniors sign up for the turkeys and we’re so thankful."

"This gives a lot of dignity to many people in the community and it is really an honor and a blessing for us to be a part of that in a small way," said Ken Perez, PDC Board Member, "we are appreciative of the work the Temecula/Murrieta Rescue Mission does to provide necessities, as well as hope, to those who have fallen on hard times."

This is the fifth year Pechanga has provided turkeys for families throughout the Inland Empire. The group will be donating over 1500 turkeys over the course of the holiday season, providing nearly 25,000 meals to those who might not otherwise enjoy a special home-cooked dinner.


 

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