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Angel tags are available at the Salvation Army. The tags include the child's wish list, with a $50 limit. No electronics, please. Unwrapped gifts can be dropped off at the Salvation Army office at 538 E. Tehachapi Blvd., between 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.

Granting Christmas wishes for the children of Tehachapi is more important than ever as 2020 has been a difficult year for many families. The annual Angel Tree holiday fundraiser has kicked off with the Salvation Army accepting applications.

"We are excited to announce the start of our Angel Tree Program for this year. Each year, this program, with the help of our wonderful community, supplies hundreds of in need Tehachapi children (ages infant to 17) with Christmas gifts," said Charlotte Howell, holiday coordinator.

Applications for the Angel Tree will be accepted through Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Salvation Army, 538 E. Tehachapi Blvd.

The Salvation Army requests individuals wear a mask when coming into the office.

For consideration, applicants must provide the following:

• Proof that they are a Tehachapi resident such as a utility bill;

• Proof that child/children they are signing up are Tehahchapi residents such as a school identification or report card; and

• Proof of income such as a paystub.

"Those looking to help bless these families by purchasing gifts, please be on the lookout for our Angel Trees around town, such as at our local Walmart and many different churches throughout our community. We look forward to partnering with our fantastic businesses and community members in bringing smiles to children who need some extra holiday cheer this year," said Howell.

You can pick up the Giving Tree gift tags at Walmart from Nov. 11 through Dec. 11, or at the Salvation Army from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Donations for the Angel Tree can also be forwarded to The Salvation Army, P. O. Box 1679, Tehachapi, CA 93581.