Nick Cucco House Fund

For: Nick Cucco
Organizer: April L Roberts
Nick Cucco House Fund (Nick Cucco)
of $40,000 goal
1% Complete
Raised by 12 donors
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The Story

My Uncle, Nick Cucco is one of my best friends and one of the most interesting people you could meet.  He labored hard all of his life especially after taking over my Grandfather's Junk Yard, Chink's Autowrecking in Columbia Station in 1988. An amazing gardner and farmer my uncle is gentle and wise. Unfortunately a few years ago he suffered from high blood pressure that resulted in end stage kidney disease that requires him to receive dialysis 3 days a week.  He recieves a small disability income and has done his best to survive on it. Hardly covering his cost of living, he was unable to keep insurance on the house.  The destruction of the home took all his belongings that he cannot afford to replace. His little dogs and one kitty perished in the fire, also, much to the heartbreak of my uncle. The firefighters unfortunately had to buldoze the house because of the persistant flames and covered over my uncle's beautiful gardens where he grew his own vegetables and the most lovely flowers you have ever seen. His farming at home helped to supplement his food and selling chicken eggs helped to supplement his income.

Our goal as a family would be to raise enough funds to clean up the devastation and establish new housing for him on the property as soon as possible so that he can be near his chickens and goats that still live on the property. We also need assistance in helping him replace his chicken and goat feed which he stored in a room inside the house. 100% of the funds raised will go to this endeavor for my uncle and we thank everyone who has already come forward to help.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 18, 2014

Posted on January 18, 2014

My Uncle has a camper on his property and hopefully we will have the power run to the temporary service pole sometime, next week.  He has taken many of the kitchen and household items donated to him and done quite a good job of making the camper homey as it can be.

The Chronicle Telegram is publishing a story in tomorrow's paper. Please spread the word because there is much information regarding the funds needed, the items to be completed, and information on an additional fund sent up at First Merit Bank.

Another BIG thank you for some private donations that have come in and to those that brought more items to my home and my mother's home where my Uncle is staying until we can get heat, water, and power to the camper.

We also want to thank everyone who has been spreading the word and offering a helping hand in any way.  All efforts have been fruitful so far and so so so appreciated!!

The kitties, chickens, and goats also say thank you for the hay and food that was either donated or money given for.

The Roberts, Cucco, Chapman, and Wagner families.

Posted on January 12, 2014

Posted on January 12, 2014

I posted a pic that was miraculously recovered from the fire that kind of gives an idea of the amazing gardens my uncle had planted all around the front of the house.  I will look for more pictures of the "before" charm of the home in my mother's photo albums. 

These gardens bloomed with some of the most beautiful flowers from early spring to late fall for decades.

I wanted to update everyone that it appears ample clothing and furniture and some appliances have been provided for the new home when it is built.  If you have household items to donate call me or Jim at 440-202-1580 and we can tell you if the items are still needed.

THANK YOU everyone for all the nice household items and clothing.  My uncle is beside himself with all the generosity and such nice things being given to him.

Besides the funds to rebuild, we are also seeking information on contractors and professionals that can lend advice or services for rebuilding.  As there is no insurance company to take the wheel on this we are doing our best from a laymen perspective to get a new house built.

Again, thank you, kindly for everything.  The smallest gesture to the largest are all most appreciated and all are needed to make this happen.  We are blessed to have such amazing neighbors, friends, and families.

April Roberts on behalf of Nick Cucco, the Roberts, Chapman, and Wagner families.

Posted on January 11, 2014

Posted on January 11, 2014


I want to thank everyone who has donated money, clothing, and household items so far.  I am very glad to report that my uncle now has plenty of clothing, blankets, and linens!  Some have also provided hay for the goats and help with items to care for the chickens.

Of course we are still striving to raise the funds necessary to obtain permits, materials, and contractors to build a new house on the property.

Non-monetary items still needed include:

a toaster
cups and glasses
tea pot
pots and pans
iron skillet
crock pot
cooking utensils
dish towels and cloths

any or the likes of Tolkein, King, Lucy Maud Montgomery, gardening and plant books, J.K. Rowling, Anne Rice, any of the classics, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Hts, J.G. Wells, Arabian Nights  you can look at his Pinterest page to get an idea of the many books he enjoys.  Many if not most of these he had and were unfortunately burned in the fire.

Some of inquired about donating furniture which he will certainly need, also.  However storage is an issue so please call me or Jim at 440-202-1580 so we can make arrangements to place such items in a safe spot during the rebuilding phase.

Thank you one million times to everyone.  We are blessed to have such kind and caring friends and neighbors.

April L Roberts

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