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San Manuel Donation Helps Local Kids Enjoy the Holidays

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The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will present a $10,000 check to the Operation Phoenix Foundation to purchase toys and sporting goods for 1000 children and youth in the City of San Bernardino this holiday season.

The check presentation will take place at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at Big 5 Sporting Goods located at 245 North E St. San Bernardino. Operation Phoenix Foundation board members will be on hand, along with Mayor Patrick Morris, City Parks and Recreation staff and Fire Department staff to accept the gracious donation from San Manuel. Several Children that will benefit from the donation will also be present as the gifts are collected.

“The City of San Bernardino has more children and families living in poverty than any other City in San Bernardino County,” said Mayor Patrick Morris. “The holidays can be an especially challenging time for these impoverished families, and we appreciate San Manuel’s generous donation to those most in need.”

This project is a part of the “Spirit of Giving” campaign administered through the Parks and Recreation Department, which identifies low income families in need who are served through the City’s community centers.

“As a community partner, there is no greater feeling than giving back,” said San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairman James Ramos. “Every child should experience the joys of the holiday season and we are pleased to support Operation Phoenix and the City of San Bernardino in its effort.”

In 2005, the City of San Bernardino was ranked the 3rd most violent city in CA and 18th in the nation. Operation Phoenix was established to reduce violence through a coordinated approach of prevention, intervention and suppression strategies that address the factors leading to crime and violence.

Since Operation Phoenix began in May 2006, there has been a 44 percent decline in murders compared to 2005. Operation Phoenix has been recognized as a model program by the League of Cities in two national publications.

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