The Viera High School community is stepping up to help 30 families in need this Christmas.

A paper tree located in the school cafeteria was put up on Monday so students could help donate money for Christmas dinners and gifts to help seven families from Endeavor Elementary and 23 from Viera High.

The money is being collected by the Spanish Honor Society, which has pledged to shop for two families according to Viera High Social Worker Sarina Coello.

An Angel Tree, which has tags with gift requests from four families, was put up in the faculty mail room.

“I put the Angel Tree up (last) Friday, and I would say within an hour, it was empty, which was pretty cool,” Coello said.

Additionally, members of the Viera High family have made donations.

“I’ve had families from Viera that have called me or emailed me and said they want to sponsor one or two families,” Coello said. “I have one family that is sponsoring three families for dinner and gifts.”

Donations will be accepted through Friday in order to get everything prepared and delivered to the families in time for Christmas. Meals include food for the holiday itself and beyond.

Coello said she was confident enough money will be raised to support all 30 families, which vary in size depending on the number of children in the home.

The school did something similar for Thanksgiving, helping out 28 families in need.

Anyone in the community who would like to help sponsor a family’s dinner, gifts – or both – can email Coello at:

The school is also accepting donations to its food pantry, which helps families throughout the year. Donations can be dropped off at the front office.

“We have a pretty awesome community of people here willing to help and step up and really help out,” Coello said.