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Choppers For Charity Raises Money for Local Charities

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The North Central Regional Airport recently launched a new program aimed to raise money for local charities and awareness in the community.

"Choppers for Charity that is an event that was an idea and creation of Mid-Atlantic Aerospace Complex and Leading Edge to bring people to the airport and promote aviation," said Rick Rock, Interim Director at the North Central West Virginia Airport.

The helicopter ride lasts anywhere from five to 10 minutes and costs just $10. Riders are able to pick from one of four charities to support with that money.

Riders can donate to the Mountaineer Food Bank, United Way of Harrison County, United way of Marion County, or Northern Appalachian Team Challenge.

People came from as far as Parkersburg for the thrill-seeking opportunity. But some of them came with a bit of fear too.

"At first I was scared, I didn't know what would happen," said Riley London, from Parkersburg.

"As we were flying, we were all kind of nervous and screaming," said Breanna Mease, also from Parkersburg.

"When we started to fly I thought I was a little bit scared and then I thought it was fun," London said.

"And then after we got off we were all excited and pumped for it," Mease said.

Riders are given the chance to ride in one of two helicopters and reach heights of up to 1,500 feet.

"Cars that were like little toy cars," London said.

"They looked really really small in the vehicles and stuff," Mease said.

This is the first time the airport offered the Choppers for Charity Program. The airport said the turnout was better than expected and is looking into adding more dates throughout the year.

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