Choppers 4 Charity: Locals Get Bird's Eye View of NCWV
Written by Fallon Pierson
Last updated on December 10, 2012 @ 11:15AM
Created on December 09, 2012 @ 7:28PM

"My heart was still going fast. It was fun. The view was awesome," said Theresa Stine.

That's what it's like to soar above everything in a helicopter.  This is what you'll see:  Houses look like tiny specks and our rolling hills look like a sort of patch-work quilt.  If you've never taken a helicopter ride, now's your chance!

The North Central WV Airport, local businesses, and Leading Edge, a company that owns and operates helicopters, have partnered up for a good cause.  It's called Choppers 4 Charity.

It costs $10 for each person, and they match that, so it becomes $20.  All to be donated to a local charity.

"So, we came out for two reasons. One is because it's a charity event, and to help out. And two, he is obsessed with helicopters," Greg Stine said as he was referring to his son. His son added, "It was cool!"

When you go on your ride, you can choose between four different charities to donate to.  The Northern Appalachia Teen Challenge, United Way of Harrison County, United Way of Marion County, and The Mountaineer Food Bank are your choices.

Justin Pricket, Marketing Director for Leading Edge said, "Those are the ones that we kind of hand picked, one's that were involved with a lot. The Mountaineer Food Bank was kind of a no-brainer with the recent hurricane and the ability to give people food during this holiday season."

The Stine family picked The Mountaineer Food Bank and were feeling good about their choice.

"It's a good way to raise money and you've got a number of different good options for charities. You can choose what charity you want the money to go to," said Greg Stine.

The weather has been tricky lately, but it hasn't stopped around 2,000 people from coming out so far.  Not too shabby for the first ever Choppers 4 Charity.

"It's just a really cool opportunity.  I mean how many people ever get to fly in a helicopter and for just $10? It's just something cool to do period," said Prickett.
 
"It's worth it. It's absolutely worth it, yes," added the Stine family.

If you want to be a part of this, you can bring the family out now until December 30th, on Thursdays through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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Dec 10, 2012 at 9:18 AM
Let's start by reporting the facts.

Although this is a great charitable event, it is/was not organized. They have been advertising all week about the event and how to make reservations. Many people made reservations including myself. We decided to show up a bit early to ensure all was ready to go. Upon arrival to the terminal we found well over 100 people sitting around. This event was totally unorganized. No one was controlling the sign-in and no one had any information. People with reservations were ignored. It turned into a Chinese fire drill as many people who were there did not have reservations and the basically complained until they got a ride. Unfortunately we never got a ride nor an answer from the flight crew as we were diappointed our reservation was ignored. We understand rain, equipment or crew rest delays, but if you are offering a reservation system, please honor it accordinging. An organized event would not have allowed first come-first serve, rather would have scheduled passengers on a space available basis AND made changes for those reservations that could not be served.