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Christmas in July Tamalada to Benefit Trinity River Mission

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From the DSN Newswire (Trinity River Mission)

It’s July and there is Christmas music playing in the kitchen while a dozen women, wearing Santa hats, listening to Christmas music and enjoying the Christmas tree and other decorations around them, expertly roll about a dozen handmade tamales in astonishingly less than five minutes. They will be making 500 dozen before they are done. The Mission Moms began this social enterprise nearly 20 years ago when they organized their first Tamalada during Christmas, the traditional time to make tamales. The demand became so strong with requests being made throughout the year that they decided to have a “Christmas in July Tamalada” for the first time last year.

Nothing says Christmas like 100 degree weather and hot, homemade tamales. At least this is the case for Trinity River Mission, a non-profit organization that serves the children in West Dallas with their education-based after school programs. On Friday, July 9, parents will serve approximately 6,000 tamales for the second annual Trinity River Mission’s Christmas in July Tamalada. Mission Moms will gather to share their family tradition of tamale making that has been passed down from generation to generation. Tamale making typically occurs during the Christmas season. This July, the general public can spice up their summer with the Mission Mom’s sensational, zesty tamales.

Masa will be rolled out on six foot long tables to form the tamales that will be individually rolled by hand. The pork or chicken tamales will be steamed Wednesday, July 9 and distributed for $10 a dozen. Open house samples will be available to eat July 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Tamales can also be picked up the following week, July 12-16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Walk-ins are welcome to purchase while tamales are available.  They will be in containers ready for the freezer to save for another time.  Tamales are prepared by the parents of the Trinity River Mission community with all net proceeds benefitting the after school and summer programs provided to their children at no cost.

The tamales became so popular that the Mission Moms now serve lunches once a month to those who pre-order.  Meals vary from fajitas, to tacos to enchilada entrees.  Customers drive in from all over Dallas to have lunch in the Mission’s cafeteria or to pick-up meals to take home for later.

Money raised through tamale sales will benefit the Mission’s programs. While the financial contributions are extremely beneficial, the real gift is providing the tamale volunteers, whose children are enrolled at the Mission, a chance to bond and develop a stronger community. Making tamales is a family tradition for most Trinity River Mission families, and can now be shared with community members.

Trinity River Mission is a volunteer-based community learning center that promotes literacy, encourages academic success and develops effective life skills among disadvantaged youth in West Dallas, in the belief that education connects children to life’s possibilities.

Trinity River Mission is a community center that works to aid children in reaching their potential through after-school programs, tutoring, and summer activities that encourage high academic achievement. It also seeks to encourage strong and healthy families where children and adults experience love and support.

Trinity River Mission has approximately 50 years of experience providing integrated educational services that include teaching families how to improve their standard of living and also supporting their children’s educational development. Christmas in July not only financially benefits these types of programs, but the event also builds a strong community through increased volunteer efforts.

For more information or to place orders visit www.trinityrivermission.org, or call 214.744.6774 ext 104. All orders will be accepted July 2-July 8.

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