This year's Co-op STARS fundraiser brought in a good chunk of change across southeastern Saskatchewan.

Organizers confirmed this year's event brought in $8,315.98. All of the funds will go towards STARS Air Ambulance. 

"I've already contacted them to let them know," said Brooke Spagrud, the marketing and community relations manager for Southern Plains Co-op. "The community really came together."

The Estevan, Carlyle, Oxbow, Alameda, and Gainsborough all participated in the fundraiser through cookie sales, barbecues, and gas sales.

Spagrud said the money is going to an important cause.

"It doesn't take too many people before you realize that there's one person that you know in common or you know of somebody who has had to utilize STARS," Spagrud said.

"And being in the rural southeast I think it's really important to have emergency services and means to healthcare quickly when there is a case of an incident. We all feel that STARS is very important and we're really happy to be able to support them."