Tribal Government and Snoqualmie Casino Donate 500 Turkeys
In keeping with an annual tradition, volunteers from the Snoqualmie Tribal Government and Snoqualmie Casino spread out across the Snoqualmie Valley on Monday, November 20, 2017 to deliver 500 turkeys to organizations that help families in need and elders on a fixed budget have the means to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.
Among the organizations that are working with the Tribe to distribute turkeys are:
- Mt Si Food Bank
- Mt Si Senior Center
- Carnation Food Bank
- Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank
“An important part of our Tribal culture is sharing what we’ve been blessed with,” said Snoqualmie Tribal Council Member Bob de los Angeles. “It’s especially important during this time of year that we reach out to those in need. The Snoqualmie Tribe is happy to be in a position that allows us to make a positive impact in our local community.”
“As friends and family gather this Thanksgiving, a holiday that celebrates the harvest, it is wonderful that the Snoqualmie Tribe honors the seniors who have helped build and tend to this community we love,” said Susan Kingsbury-Comeau, Executive Director of the Mt. Si Senior Center.
The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe is a federally recognized tribe in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. Known as the People of the Moon, Snoqualmie tribal members were signatories to the Treaty of Point Elliott in 1855. Snoqualmie Tribal enterprises provide over 1,700 jobs, and the Tribe has donated over $1.5 million to nonprofit organizations in the Snoqualmie Valley since 2010.
Quotes from Seniors at the Mt. Si Senior Center
“My husband and I volunteer our time over the holiday, and we will be enjoying our Thanksgiving turkey on Sunday instead, Thank you, Snoqualmie Tribe!” Susi Olah, North Bend.
“I gave my Thanksgiving turkey to my girlfriend, she will cook it up for us. I hope I get a drumstick!” Ivan Schuoler, North Bend.
“Our family has not cooked a turkey at Thanksgiving for about 5 or 6 years now because we just couldn’t afford one. This year I will be cooking a turkey and I hope I haven’t forgotten how to cook one!” Anonymous senior.
“Our family is extremely grateful to the Snoqualmie Tribe for providing a turkey for our dinner!” Anonymous senior
“Without this donated turkey, I would not have a turkey dinner this year. Thank you!” Anonymous senior.
“My husband is a vet and we usually host a bunch of his single vet friends for dinner, this year I wasn’t sure we could afford to host again, but this turkey will make me able to cook for all the guys. Thanks Snoqualmie Tribe!” Anonymous senior.
“I haven’t had a home-cooked turkey dinner in years. This year I get to have dinner and I’m looking forward to the mashed potatoes and gravy too, I think it’s really nice that The Snoqualmie Tribe did this for us, it is really a great thing.” Anonymous senior.