Corina Knoll’s Column One article about Adali Gutierrez, a 20-year-old raising his four younger siblings in El Monte after their parents’ shooting deaths, has prompted an outpouring of support from Times readers.
More than 300 people have called or written to ask how they can help the family. Checks have arrived blindly in the mail -- several have been for $100; one was for $5.
The offers have included money, gift cards, groceries, a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal, rent payments, computers and Internet access.
The coordinator of the L.A. County Adopt-a-Family Program wanted to match the Gutierrezes with donors for the holidays. An interior designer said she had a storage unit full of furniture that the family was welcome to. A 16-year-old wrote that she was grateful for family and wanted to help.
The director of a Catholic elementary school offered a spot for the youngest Gutierrez, 5-year-old Roxanna. Mother-daughter psychologists offered counseling. Others have offered tutoring, mentoring or simply encouragement.
For Adali’s facial scars, the result of the shooting that killed his parents, doctors offered consultations. He has an appointment Monday with Dr. Timothy Miller, chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Miller also is the chief surgeon for a UCLA group that treats wounded troops.