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Morongo gives 800 kids free shoes, backpacks and school supplies


Eight hundred students from across the San Gorgonio Pass received new brand-name shoes and backpacks stuffed with school supplies on Monday as part of an annual program funded by the Morongo Charity Golf Tournament to aid children and families in need.

Kids and their parents with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Gorgonio Pass met on Monday at Pass Valley Park in Banning to pick up their free shoes and backpacks packed with pencils, pens, binders and other classroom supplies. The program was funded by the 20th annual Morongo Charity Golf Tournament, which raised $70,000 in June to purchase the items for local students.

“At Morongo, we believe education is the key to success and that every child should have the tools and support they need to perform at their absolute best in school,” said Morongo Tribal Council member Damon Sandoval, who served as the golf tournament chairman. “It’s humbling to see how this program helps local kids and their families, and our thanks go out to all the players and sponsors who have supported the annual Morongo Golf Tournament for the past 20 years.”


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