A Giving Game: How Mah Jongg Gives Back

When you give to those in need, it not only gives them hope and support but also makes you more aware and feel more connected to the people who benefit. Your giving should reflect your interests and values. For example, do you have a hobby or interest? Are you a member of an organization that has budgeted funds for charities?

Recently, NOAHH received a most generous gift of $10,000 from the National Mah Jongg League. David Unger, league President, said that each year, a percentage of the proceeds from the sales of the League’s Official Rule Cards go directly to charitable organizations across the country. Last year, they donated $1.5 million across the United States.

Mah Jongg, from the Chinese meaning “sparrows”, is a game of skill and chance, usually played by four people, in which game pieces known as Tiles, bearing various designs, are drawn and discarded until one player has an entire hand of winning combinations.

In the fall of 2018, David and his brother Larry made a trip to New Orleans on a fact finding mission. After visiting one of our build sites David said, “Being able to see firsthand a home being built and to know this home will truly change someone’s life is something the National Mah Jongg League can get behind. Playing the game of Mah Jongg is great, but giving money back to a community in real need is even greater.”