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Compiled by JOHN PENNER and MARK LANDSBAUM, Los Angeles Times

Crisis Counseling:

West Orange County Crisis Hotline: (714) 894-4242 (24 hours a day).

St. Jude Hospital Hotline: (800) 882-1882 (24 hours).

Families of El Toro Marine base troops in the Persian Gulf: (714) 726-2771, 726-3610, 726-3174 or 726-3176 (24 hours).

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UC Irvine students, faculty and staff: (714) 856-6457.

Sources of Support:

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, specializing in legal aid for Arab-Americans who believe they have been discriminated against or are being harassed by FBI inquiries: (213) 466-2838

American Civil Liberties Union has an attorney specializing in handling cases of Arab-Americans who believe they are being harassed by the FBI. Contact Carol Sobel at (213) 487-1725.

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Boyfriends and Girlfriends Support Group, First Calvary Chapel Church, San Pedro: (213) 498-8624.

Cousins Club, local American Arabs and Jews who advocate establishing a Palestinian state and bringing immediate peace to the Middle East: (714) 828-1134.

Desert Shield Support Group of La Habra: (800) 443-6287.

Huntington Beach Support Group: (714) 962-2010.

Jewish Family Services of Orange County, hot-line counseling, updated information on developments in Israel. Main number: (714) 537-4980; South County:(714) 951-9377.

Operation Desert Storm Support Group holds weekly meetings. The next one is 9 a.m. Sunday at First Nazarene Church, 1500 E. 17th St., Santa Ana. For information, call (714) 835-8271.

Proud Families of the Military, Crescent Baptist Church, Anaheim: (714) 535-1313.

Prayer Services:

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At all Roman Catholic churches on Sunday, a letter from the Most Rev. Norman F. McFarland, bishop of Orange, will be read at all Masses. The letter urges parishioners to support the President and troops, to assist members of the military and their families, and to pray “for our own country, for the people of Kuwait, for the leaders and people of Iraq, and for all mankind.”

Crystal Cathedral, 24-hour prayer/meditation, 12141 Lewis St., Garden Grove. Hot-line war-related counseling, (714) 639-4673. Expanded Sunday services at 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. “Operation Desert Prayer” service Monday through Saturday at 6 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m.

St. John the Baptist Church, three Masses daily dedicated to the Gulf War at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; 1015 Baker St., Costa Mesa.

St. Angela Merici Catholic Church, prayer service for peace every Sunday at 6:30 p.m.; 585 Walnut Avenue, Brea.

War and Casualty Information:

Army: (800) 626-1440.

Air Force: (800) 253-9276.

Navy, immediate family: (800) 255-3808.

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Navy, other relatives and friends: (800) 732-1206.

Marine Corps: (800) 523-2694.

Coast Guard: (800) 367-8724.

Blood Donations:

Call the Orange County chapter of the American Red Cross for an appointment, (714) 835-5381. Walk-in donations also accepted.

Phoning to the Persian Gulf:

Long-distance phone companies say do not to try to contact troops because of heavy telephone traffic. If you need to reach a family member in an emergency, call the Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross, (714) 835-5381.

Gulf Mail:

To write to any member of the Army or Air Force, send your letter to:

Any Service Member

Operation Desert Storm

APO, N.Y. 09848-006

To write to a member of the Marine Corps or Navy, send your letter to:

Any Service Member

Operation Desert Storm

APO, San Francisco, Calif. 96608-8650

AT&T; will fax single-page letters from family members and friends to servicemen and -women. To use the free service, go to any AT&T; Phone Center and fill in the form. Senders must have the name, APO/FPO address and military identification number of the person who will receive the letter.

Court Appearances:

Servicemen and -women who are defendants in cases assigned to South Orange County Municipal Court will be appointed public defenders if they cannot keep court dates because they have been deployed for Operation Desert Storm. This representation will prevent their being subject to convictions or penalties because they did not appear. To obtain a public defender, the service member or a family member should give the court copies of military orders or a letter from the legal affairs officer indicating the defendant has been deployed.

Coming Demonstrations:

A “Pro-America Rally” will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Bristol Street and Sunflower Avenue, and at 11 a.m. demonstrators will march to Shiffer Park on Bear Street, north of Paularino Avenue, to hear speakers from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Speakers are expected to include Rep. Robert K. Dornan (R-Garden Grove), Irvine City Councilman and retired Marine Corps Gen. Art Bloomer, and Costa Mesa Councilman and Orange County Defense Council Chairman Peter F. Buffa. The event is sponsored by Pro-America Alliance.

A rally in support of Operation Desert Storm will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Park, Fullerton, sponsored by Brothers of Overseas Military Personnel.

Anti-war demonstration from noon to 1 p.m. every business day at the Federal Building, 34 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana.

Anti-war demonstration at 6 p.m.every Friday at the Seal Beach Boulevard entrance to the Naval Weapons Station, Seal Beach.

Vigil for peace from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday at Main Beach, Pacific Coast Highway at Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

Demonstration by Orange County Student Coalition for Peace noon Sunday at Main Beach, Pacific Coast Highway at Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach.

Anti-war demonstration at 4 p.m. Thursday at State College Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue, Anaheim.

Anti-war demonstration at 1 p.m. every Saturday beginning Feb. 2 outside MainPlace/Santa Ana, Main Street at Town and Country Road.


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