Christine Welch, Communications Director
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — August 31, 2023 — The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has committed a generous donation of $100,000 to the American Red Cross to help those affected by the Hawaii wildfires. This donation will aid the Hawaii wildfires relief efforts and provide much needed shelter, food, supplies, and comfort to affected communities.
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians’ support of the Red Cross is a further extension of the Tribe’s philanthropic outreach to render aid to communities facing disasters and recovery efforts. San Manuel has been a partner with the American Red Cross for more than 20 years.
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena says the Tribe understands the tremendous impact the devastation has left on the island of Maui, and the families that call it home. The Tribe stands with those that are dealing directly with the wildfire as well as those brave professional public servants who are helping with recovery efforts.
“In our time of need, our Tribe received aid from those who were rooted in selflessness and chose to use their resources to provide life-saving support to our family. It is an honor to in turn, do the same for the Hawaiian community facing devastation due to the wildfires,” Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena says. “We extend our hopes for their full recovery. The Tribe stands with you as you work to rebuild your lives and communities. Our thoughts and prayers are with those in Maui and their families.”
“The Red Cross is grateful to the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians for their donation to help provide relief to those impacted by this devastating disaster,” said Yevette Baysinger, Executive Director of the American Red Cross San Bernardino County. “San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has a long-standing commitment of giving to help those affected by large international and domestic disaster relief efforts. In addition, their support has impacted programs right here in our own backyard like local disaster response and recovery initiatives, preparedness training, and CPR/AED/First Aid education for communities throughout San Bernardino and Riverside.”
The Red Cross is on the ground on the islands of Maui and Oahu providing aid and resources, including shelter, meals, supplies, and more, for people who the wildfires have impacted.
For more information about the relief efforts for the Hawaii wildfires, please visit redcross.org.
About the American Red Cross Southern California Region
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid, and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the public to perform its mission. The Red Cross Southern California Region proudly serves San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial Counties. In addition to carrying out disaster preparedness and response programs, blood collection, health and safety training, international services programs and supporting the military community, the Southern California Region provides nutritional counseling through its Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program in San Diego and helps communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters through its Prepare SoCal and Prepare San Diego initiatives. For more information, please visit redcross.org/SoCal or cruzrojaamericana.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
About the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California. San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services, and promoting social, economic and cultural development. As the Indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region. For more information, visit sanmanuel-nsn.gov.