The Morongo Casino Resort & Spa has donated $128,643 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the San Gorgonio Pass.
The contribution owes a lot to thousands of casino guests who gave spare coins to the cause.
Because of the national coin shortage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, businesses have had limited access to quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies. In July, Morongo began asking guests to donate spare change from their winnings to charity, a news release states.
“We are simply overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from our guests during these challenging times to help local youth through Morongo’s community coin donation program,” Morongo’s Tribal Chairman Robert Martin said in the release.
Amy Herr, executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the San Gorgonio Pass, said in the release that the money will help run its education support and other programs for youths.
“We are beyond grateful for the generosity of Morongo’s guests, and for the casino’s innovation in turning a nationwide coin shortage into a positive that is benefiting local children during these critical times,” Herr said in the release.