9-year-old donates more than $2,000 to Lions Gate Hospital after collecting cans all summer

Nine-year-old Cooper Yates has spent his summer collecting recyclables for a good cause.

A few months ago, the young Pemberton Heights resident told his neighbours and friends about his idea for a summer project, which included collecting cans in order to raise money for the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation.

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Each week, Cooper, along with help from his family, would collect people’s cans in his neighbourhood after first asking them to store them away in a big blue bag. Cooper would bring home the bag full of cans, and leave his neighbours with a fresh new recycling bag for the following week.

After doing this regularly throughout the summer and delivering the recyclables to a bottle depot, Cooper was able to raise $2,250 which he recently donated to Lions Gate Hospital.


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