Heidi Carter-Escudero, outreach and communications coordinator for Kern County Department of Human Services, holds one of the 600 wishes from foster children at the Holiday Cottage. The annual event was established 30 years ago to provide gifts to foster children of all ages and the department hopes to reach and fulfill a goal of 1,000 wishes this year. The Holiday Cottage is located at 2765 Calloway Drive, Suite 104, in the Rosedale Village Shopping Center. Watch a video from the cottage's opening at

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