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Friends, Neighbors Pull Together for Fire Victims

Support and fund-raising efforts for the Ewart family sprang up almost immediately after the local residents’ house burned to the ground Dec. 19.

    Those efforts continued Saturday in the form of a fund-raiser at the William S. Hart Pony League fields and a blood drive at Church of the Nazarene in Newhall.

    The Pony League fund-raiser was spearheaded by family friend Michelle Crawford, who stood by at a table with a large jar for people to donate.

    “It went really well,” Crawford said. “I got a $4,000 check from the league and collected another $400 while I was there.”

    Crawford said the response was very encouraging, and she plans to do it again on Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    “The kids were very interested and about half of the people there had been following the news,” she said. “I had actual firemen who went out on the original call come up and ask me how the family was.”

    In addition to the $4,000 check, park president Patty Brown said they are going to keep a collection jar at the canteen for the entire season in hopes of raising at least an additional $1,000.

    On the same note, Lamp Post Pizza, an eatery in Saugus, is making food donations to the family and will host Ewart family nights throughout the season so families can contribute.

    The blood drive at Church of the Nazarene was filled with people of similar sentiment. David Ewart is a member of the church and is friends with many of those in attendance.

    The blood drive was scheduled to help support the Ewarts and Ryan Baker, an 11-year-old boy diagnosed with leukemia.

    “This blood drive is specifically for the Ewarts, but you can also help Ryan through (a bone marrow screening),” said Mary Berg, organizer and family friend. “David and Ryan both go to this church and if (David) was out of the hospital, he would be here to help Ryan.”

    As these types of efforts continue, David, 48, and his son Michael, 15, continue to get better.

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