Viera students donate to children’s charity


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Courtney Pcolka, Michelle Pillado, Kristina Petuch, Allison Keirnan and Kiera Cardamone use a novelty check to present $1,096.94 to Nana’s House, which Scott Merson accepts on behalf of the charity on Monday, May 19 at Viera High School.

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On Monday, May 19, 10 students in Viera High School’s service learning class presented collected donations to the charity Nana’s House.

High school students Courtney Pcolka, Michelle Pillado, Kristina Petuch, Allison Keirnan and Kiera Cardamone comprised one group, which brought $1096.94 and a van full of necessities including toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, dryer sheets and diapers.

“We held spirit nights at local restaurants and they would donate 10 percent of the funds to us, and we held raffles, and just asked for donations. We placed drop boxes in classrooms to collect items,” Petuch said.

Mark Dotto, Christian Dean, Sade Smolski, Kendall Kittel and Tori King were the second group, which held a bake sale at The Produce Place.

“I picked The Produce Place because that’s where I get all my fruits and vegetables, so I figured they would let us,” Kittel said. 

Little did she know that the owner, Scott Merson, has been on the board of Nana’s House for almost six years.

The group raised $276, which Merson accepted on behalf of Nana’s House. 

Mark Dotto, Christian Dean, Sade Smolski, Kendall Kittel and Tori King present $276 to Nana’s House, which Scott Merson accepts on behalf of the charity on Monday,  May 19 at Viera High School.

“This is the backbone of Nana’s House, right here,” Merson said. “We don’t have a giant fundraiser, we don’t have a full-time fundraising entity or person. It’s a bunch of small little things like this.”

Nana’s House is a faith-based charity that provides a home for neglected, abused, needy and abandoned children.

For more information about Nana’s House, including ways to volunteer and a list of needed items, visit nanaschildrenshome.com.