As far as Nipomo High School senior Austria Holland is concerned, she received the perfect birthday gift recently.

"I did not want any birthday presents," Holland said. "I told my parents and anyone else who was considering giving me presents to donate to the suicide and crisis hotline."

They obliged and the campaign to raise awareness for suicide prevention is up and running.

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Kenny Cress is a sports reporter for the Santa Maria Times, covering local sports in northern Santa Barbara County.  You can send information or story ideas to him by emailing it to  


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Kenny Cress, sportswriter for the Santa Maria Times since September of 2000. BA in political science from Cal Poly Pomona. BA in journalism from Cal State Northridge.

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