Donations for Augusta family in fatal house fire returned

Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 7:53 AM
Last updated 7:09 PM
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All donations to a fund set up for a family victimized by a fatal house fire have been sent back to the senders because of an error.

A downtown Augusta business, Career Personnel, set up the trust fund for the Saxon Washington family after the 42-year-old father died in the Aug. 6 fire on Meadowgrove Drive.

Washington’s 4-year-old daughter was saved by two men in the neighborhood who heard the cries for help from her two siblings, who had fled the burning house.

The business honored Felande Ross, 19, and Miller Jenkins, 22, for their heroism in saving the life of Destiny Washington and attempted to reach out to the Washington family by providing a way for the community to help them get back on their feet.

Ron Aronow, the vice president of Career Personnel, said Monday that the fund had never been finalized and that a SunTrust bank branch in Virginia did not have a record of it.

All checks received at the Virginia location through Friday have been returned to the senders.

Anyone interested in assisting the Washington family, which is still without housing, is asked to resend donations now that all errors have been corrected, Aronow said.

Checks can be made payable to Veree Washington Family Trust, SunTrust Bank, Attention Special Handling, P.O. Box 27572, Richmond, VA 23261.

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Fiat_Lux 08/28/12 - 08:16 am
Well, isn't that just wonderful.

There probably were better ways to have handled such incompetence that didn't include sending back the checks as the first action. Obviously, the senders intended for the donations to go to the family of Saxon Washington. That's where they should have gone, regardless of how badly someone dropped the administrative ball.

Tullie 08/28/12 - 08:45 am

This article doesn't make any sense to me. What in the world? Send checks back and then say you can send them again? I agree with Fiat,some calls should have been made..something. What has happened to commen sense around here?

allhans 08/28/12 - 08:53 am
I think the checks were

I think the checks were returned by the bank which was the proper thing to do.
How were they to know?

cheapster505 08/28/12 - 11:46 am
better late than never

better this way than the Paper reporting a scandal with the donations
help if you can return the checks to the fund if you really want to help thanks

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