Daniel Spargo: donations instead of presents

By Nathaniel Crossley

Hello and welcome to this edition of Aurora Kid. In this edition, we interview 8-year-old, Daniel Spargo. Daniel goes to Ecole Dickinsfield and is involved in many things like the running club and the recycling leader. Last year on Daniel’s 8th birthday, instead of stuffed animals for him, he asked his friends to donate some to him to take down to Victim Services and donate them to the kids who were affected by the Parson’s Creek Apartment fire.

Here is what Daniel is doing that makes him an amazing kid:

What are some of the things you do around the world for projects?

I use my allowance to make donations:

  • $100 to the Terry Fox Run,
  • $100 to a school in Cambodia for books
  • $40 to the Unicef

For my birthdays, instead of receiving presents, I ask for donations.  Last year, I asked for plushies to go to Victim Services, for the kids who lost everything in the Parson Creek apartment building fire.  This year, I asked for donations to go to a school in Jamaica.  I raised $300.  The Sandals Foundation (who we went through) doubled the money and the school was able to buy a big-screen TV for educational purposes (and fun, too!)

Tell me a little bit about some of your projects:

When we were in Jamaica, last February, we took a bus through the towns.  I saw houses with one room; some had no roofs or walls.  Many weren’t even bigger than a shed.  I saw kids my age, coming out of a small “house” walking down little goat paths to catch their ride to school.  It was really sad.  They had so little and I have so much.

I decided that I wanted to do something to help the kids in Jamaica have a better life.  We were at the Beaches Resort and my mum spoke to the manager about how I could make a donation.  When we got home, I had my birthday party and everybody was really generous.  I was given $300 to give to the Sandals Foundation!

What was your favourite Around the World project?

It isn’t my own project, but I am really happy that I was able to help the school in Cambodia.  By helping to buy books, I’m making it easier for those kids to learn how to read.  There aren’t a lot of opportunities for kids when they grow up in country that is so poor.  A good education is the only way for them to have a better life and the choice of what job they want when they grow up.

How did you get into doing these types of projects?

When I saw the burned apartment building, I thought about how I would have felt if I had lost all my plushies. It made me really sad.  I wanted to do something to make other kids feel better.  It made me feel good when I knew that I had made someone who was sad feel better.

That started it.  The next year, (this year) I went to Jamaica and knew I could make a difference in their lives, too.  Now, I’m always looking for ways to make a difference.

Where are some of the locations you helped out with?

I’ve helped out in Fort McMurray, Jamaica, and Cambodia.  I’ve also helped out with the Cancer Society.


Thank you for reading this edition of Aurora Kid. If you have anything you would like to comment on for this edition or have amazing kids doing amazing things in or out of our region in Fort McMurray, please reach me at thelegofly@gmail.com.