‘Our hearts are full’: Sparwood kids raise thousands for Angel Flight

Joshua and Adalynn Cooper of Sparwood handing a $2,000 cheque to Brent Bidston, founder of Angel Flight East Kootenay. (Submitted by Brent Bidston)Joshua and Adalynn Cooper of Sparwood handing a $2,000 cheque to Brent Bidston, founder of Angel Flight East Kootenay. (Submitted by Brent Bidston)
Adalynn and Joshua Cooper were selling homemade Christmas goods at the Sparwood mall from Dec. 4 to 6 to raise money for Angel Flight East Kootenay in 2022. (Submitted by Adam Cooper)Adalynn and Joshua Cooper were selling homemade Christmas goods at the Sparwood mall from Dec. 4 to 6 to raise money for Angel Flight East Kootenay in 2022. (Submitted by Adam Cooper)

A pair of kids from Sparwood recently raised $2,000 for Angel Flight East Kootenay and had their donation matched by Teck for a $4,000 total donation to the medical shuttle service.

Adalynn (11) and Joshua (8) Cooper were posted at the Sparwood mall from Dec. 4 to Dec. 6 during a Christmas craft fair, according to their father Adam.

They were selling their homemade Christmas ornaments, cards, gift tags, painted rocks, reindeer food and candy cups to help raise money for Angel Flight.

“The kids work of art gave them an inspiration to sell in the craft fair and their hearts gave them the opportunity to help people in need,” Adam said.

They made a total of $2,707.50, with 50 per cent of sales ($1,088.50) and 100 per cent of donations ($530.45) planned to go to Angel Flight.

“The kids decided they would use the money they earned and added $381.05 to total $2,000 donated to Angel Flights,” Adam said.

Teck matched their $2,000 through a community giving program, so the total raised is $4,000, which will be “going towards a great cause and help the amazing people at Angel Flight get people to and from the East Kootenays for medical purposes,” Adam said.

Brent Bidston, founder of Angel Flight, said it’s an amazing donation from community-minded kids.

Adam said this all started last year when Adalynn wanted to join the craft fair to make a little bit of Christmas money.

“Then Joshua asked if we can donate half of the money to the homeless. We explained to them, our area doesn’t have a homeless population or resources, so they decide to support the Sparwood food bank, raising $400.”

Adam said their family (mother is Shaylynn) is amazed with the support they received over the three days selling and raising money at the Sparwood mall.

“Thank you everyone that came and supported these kids over the last few days,” he said.

“Words can’t even begin to express how we feel, our hearts are full.”

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