CALL TO FLAGS, ARMS RESIDENTS MOBILIZE IN BLOOD, TOY DRIVES.SANTA CLARITA Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country, - Three thousand miles from the scene of the worst-ever attack on American soil, Santa Clarita has stepped up - giving to those left devastated dev·as·tate
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1. To lay waste; destroy.
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Hundreds packed into the American Red Cross American Red Cross: see Red Cross. service center Thursday to donate blood, two teens launched a teddy bear drive for New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of children affected by the disaster, schools planned memorial services, and the city of Santa Clarita placed scores of American flags along Lyons Avenue and Soledad Canyon Soledad Canyon is a long narrow canyon / valley located in Los Angeles County, California between the cities of Palmdale and Santa Clarita. Soledad Canyon contains the localities of Vincent, Acton, Ravenna, and Agua Dulce. Road.
``I just wanted to help out,'' said Dennis Lebman, 38, of Castaic, who sipped on juice and watched television after donating a pint of blood. ``It's just tragic to see what's happening in the world. I wanted to do what I could.''
Lebman learned of the blood drive through an e-mail at his work at Princess Cruises Princess Cruises is an American cruise line, based out of Santa Clarita, California, that operates cruise ships also shares the same building with Cunard Line headquarters. It is one of the many cruise lines operated by the Carnival Corporation. and donated during his lunch hour.
``It's pretty sad,'' Lebman said, adding that he was inspired by news reports showing New Yorkers standing in line to donate blood only hours following the attacks on World Trade Center towers Tuesday.
Since then, the Valencia center has been flooded with thousands of calls, and there's been a constant stream of residents stopping by.
``I haven't donated in several years,'' said Penny Young, 38, of Castaic, who brought her 20-year-old daughter for morale support. ``I'm sorry that it took something like this for me to donate again. It's a tragedy but you feel so helpless.''
Unable to donate because of health reasons, Ventura residents Casey Jones Noun 1. Casey Jones - United States railroad engineer who died trying to stop his train from crashing into another train; a friend wrote a famous ballad describing the incident (1864-1900)
John Luther Jones, Jones and Becca Miller, both 18, decided to launch a teddy bear drive for the children in New York who have been affected by the disaster.
``I'm on antibiotics so I can't give blood,'' Jones said. ``My blood type is O positive, which is the universal blood type, so I was really disappointed. That's when we decided to do something. We want to be able to give a bear to a little child.''
Magic Mountain in Valencia is one of the drop-off sites for the teddy bear drive and will accept donations of new and mostly-new stuffed bears today and through Sept. 23.
The two have already enlisted schools around Southern California Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, to launch teddy bear drives. And a southland trucking company has pledged an 18-wheeler to ship the toys when the drive is over.
(1 -- color) Under city orders, Ricardo Mazias of True Green Landscaping raises an American flag Thursday along Lyons Avenue in Newhall.
David R. Crane/Staff Photographer
(2 -- color) First-time donor Lisa Ross of Valencia watches a Red Cross medical assistant gather her blood Thursday.
Shaun Dyer/Special to the Daily News