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Friday, Dec 07 2012 01:26 AM

CHP arrives in Tehachapi with toys for kids

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Officer Ed Smith of the California Highway Patrol delivers a car load of toys to Marget Willer, Director of the Tehachapi Salvation Army Service Center for the annual CHiPS for Kids toy drive. Photo by Ed Gordon

Officer Ed Smith of the California Highway Patrol dropped off a carload of toys at the Tehachapi Salvation Army Service Center for the community’s less fortunate children to enjoy on Christmas Day.

This holiday season marks the is14th year overall, and the fifth year that the Mojave CHP has been participating in the annual CHiPs for Kids toy drive.

In addition to assisting with the Salvation Army, the Highway Patrol is also providing assistance to the East Kern Family Resource Center and the Head Start Center of Mojave

“Over the last five years of participation in the Mojave area we’ve donated over 800 toys to organizations in east Kern County,” Smith said.

Salvation Army Service Center Director Margot Willer thanked the CHP for its help in collecting this year’s toys that will be handed out on Dec. 19, 20 and 21, and said that food baskets will also be distributed earlier than normal on Dec. 15.

For those wishing to receive a food basket, registration must be completed by Friday, Dec. 7. After that, registrants will be placed on a waiting list.

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