Tribe, Avi distribute 1,000 Christmas dinners

December 28, 2018

NEEDLES — The Fort Mojave Indian Tribe along with the Avi Casino and Resort distributed 1,000 Christmas dinners to Tri-state residents at its Needles, California.

Volunteers started their day early as they were prepping the gift bags which contained the Christmas Dinners.

The Christmas dinner giveaway started at 2 p.m. but there was already a long line of people waiting to receive their bags.

One of those recipients was Jessica Sanders, Tri-state resident who said that she was blessed beyond words.

“This is a great thing that they are doing for the community and we really appreciate it,” said Sanders. “It’s going to be a great Christmas.”

The Christmas dinners contained a turkey, pumpkin pie, corn, potatoes and stuffing for the turkey.

Pete Savage, president of the Avi, said the casino and tribe had handed out Christmas dinners before but this was the first time they had come to Needles.

“There were volunteers here since 8 a.m. preparing the gift bags for the community,” said Savage. “We wanted folks to be able to enjoy a Christmas dinner without having to stress about going out and buying the items.

“We are grateful to be in a position where we can give back to the community.”

One of those volunteers was Rebecca Quintana, who was helping distribute the gift bags.

“I think that this is great because we don’t want anybody to be hungry at Christmas time,” said Quintana.

Another volunteer was Kurtis Shaul.

“It feels good to be able to participate and volunteer today,” Shaul said. “It’s nice to see people come together to achieve the same goal today.”

The city of Needles had a couple of representatives volunteering. One of those was Councilor Shawn Gudmundson.

“When the FMIT and the Avi Casino approached us about having the Christmas dinner give-away at the city complex, we said yes right away,” said Gudmundson. “We are thankful for the generosity that the FMIT and the Avi Casino showed to the citizens of Needles. This was an outstanding event that will make this Christmas a good one for lots of families.”

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