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Tender Loving Christmas Blocked from Fundraising

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Yucca Valley, Ca.,- The Christmas Grinch is trying to keep Mara Cantelo from raising money to provide the annual FREE Christmas buffet she provides for the Morongo Basin Community on Christmas Day.

For the years she has received funds by holding a “Pop-Up” yard sales on the main highway braving the winds and cold temperatures with her positive attitude and smile.  This year, she was told she needed to provide liability insurance for her TLC sales.  After researching the cost, Cantelo said the least expensive quote was $2,500 which would not pencil out for the items she sells for $.50-$1.00.

This is TLC, Tender Loving Christmas, 30th year of providing a sumptuous Christmas buffet for 3,000 people and providing gifts for children in need. There is still time to donate and sign up to volunteer!

For more information, visit her website>LINK


Mara Cantelo


Mara Cantelo, TLC founder
Tender Loveing Cause
PO Box 895
Yucca Valley, CA 92286


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  1. Mark Clemons Mark Clemons says:

    Mara has been and is a rare blessing to the area, she has always to my knowledge been at the front of the line when it comes to being there for the less fortunate. It is unfortunate that the council cowards down to the town cronies and throws the needy to the curb, unfortunate but understandable considering the needy seldom votes.

    Is this the vision of the citizens when they authorized cityhood?

    Is this representative of local control?

    Can the disastrous move by the people to cityhood be corrected?

    I would welcome Mara to use our facilities at the theater but in 29 that would be against code, but what I can do is match contributions to TLC up to $500.00 bucks.
    Contact me @ clem591@aol.com and we will match your charitable contribution.
    Thanks Mara for all you have done with TLC, you have a great deal of support

    • Outstanding comments Mark.

      A town manager of Yucca Valley has stated that code enforcement is selectively enforced. Does that mean that Mara of TLC is selectively being targeted? I'd like to see more of this bare bones story. WHO, when, why sort of thing. It a story that needs to be expanded. Town officials need to respond to this matter.

      Thanks for your donations and offer Mark. I sincerely hope you make a run for city council.


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