BOOKMARK DAMAS SECTION
Donations can be made through Helps Outreach Ministries’ fund for the family by mailing or dropping off a check made out to Helps Outreach at the organization’s office, 2025 J and C Boulevard, Suite 1, Naples, Fla. 34109-6204. The office is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day except Wednesday and Sunday. Write “Guerline and Her Angels Fund” on the check. Donations can also be made via Paypal by visiting the group’s Web site at helpsoutreachinc.org.
NAPLES — No totals yet.
Counts have not yet been made of money donated to the family affected by the Damas family deaths through collections at area businesses and the Guerline and Her Angels Fund established by Helps Outreach Ministries.
On Tuesday, Helps Outreach director Angie Valentini said at least two individuals had come into the organization’s office, donating about $150.
“It takes a couple of days to get through the mail,” Valentini said, “but right now we have people walking through the door.”
Valentini knew Guerline Damas as a client and a volunteer at Helps Outreach. The victim’s sister was also a volunteer at the organization.
“I know they do not have the funds to deal with what they are going to be dealing with, you know, funeral costs for six people,” Valentini said.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission places the average cost for a funeral at $6,000, including a casket and vault, in it’s consumer guide to funerals.
Executive morning producer Adam Star at WXKB, B-103.9 FM, which has helped get donations made at several area businesses, said the family has not finalized funeral arrangements and is expected to set up a bank account for the donations collected thus far. As such, collections at those businesses ended Wednesday evening.
Details of funeral arrangements could be announced as early as Thursday.
As the donations keep coming in, Publix spokeswoman Shannon Patten said the outpouring of support has been extraordinary.
“Publix has such a large family that when tragedies hit a local community, each store takes ownership of what they feel is best for the circumstance,” Patten said. “It is amazing to see the support our neighbors provide during difficult times. The kindness of our customers and associates has been overwhelming.”
DAMAS FAMILY KILLINGS COVERAGE
ONE YEAR LATER:
- Year after slayings of Guerline Damas, five kids, relatives ask ‘did it really, really happen?’
- Confessed killer Mesac Damas wants to die, so should court system let him?
- Damas family slayings: Year later, still haunting lives of friends, family, deputies
- Jail phone call: Accused killer Mesac Damas talks to father about his slain family, Satan and adultery
MESAC DAMAS CONFESSION VIDEO:
DAILY NEWS STAFF JOURNALISTS TALK ABOUT THE CASE:
- THE FIELD: Naples Daily News staff writer describes how he obtained an interview with Mesac Damas
- THE FIELD: Visual Journalist Greg Kahn discusses being the first journalist at the Damas crime scene, and other observations from the field.
- THE FIELD: Staff Writer Steven Beardsley answers questions about his interview with Mesac Damas