BIGGS CHILD HAS A BIG HEART - Cole Cummings is pictured with his dogs Ollie and Olive. This generous little guy has contributed $88 hard earned money to the Butte Humane Society besides towels and blankets he washed and delivered. (Photo by Lisa Van De Hey)

Cole Cummings is an eight-year-old Biggs Elementary second grader in Mrs. Holt's class and has a very caring attitude when it comes to helping animals. While visiting his grandmother, Judy Donally of Chico, he heard the dogs at Butte Humane Society barking and asked his grandmother what the non-profit organization was all about. When his grandmother explained that dogs are available for adoption there, Cummings declared he wanted to help them.

         Saving his $20 from the tooth fairy and money he coerced out of family members for push-ups and pull ups accomplished, he even cleaned house for his Mom. He donated $88 to help the Society with costs for shots for the animals. He and his grandmother also delivered towels and blankets besides bags of dog food and a dog carrier. His great-grandmother sent him a dog collar and $5 to send in for her.

         Cummings is the son of Dane and Michelle Cummings of Biggs. Dane works for Waste Management and Michelle is expecting the couple's third child. Cole has an older brother Hayden who attends UTI in Sacramento studying to be a diesel mechanic.

         In his spare time, Cummings enjoys wrestling and Muttin' Bustin' where he won a custom silver belt buckle. He also enjoys playing basketball and baseball.

         Cummings and his grandmother asked that people remember to donate to Butte Humane Society all year, not just at Christmas time because the animals are there all year and help is needed for their care.

         He and his family participate in the Society's Bidwell Bark 5 Mile Walk and are planning to collect more money in time for that.

         It was indeed heart-warming to speak with Cole and his mother and grandmother to get a feel for this little guy's drive to make a difference and help the animals at Butte Humane Society. It is easy to see him continuing with his generosity over the years to come, not only with this group but hopefully with others. Others can learn a lot from this eight-year-old and realize that it is possible to help, even if it is just to deliver clean blankets and towels, no longer being used.

         Once Cummings had started his collection for money he called his grandmother with a running total each day with the first day at $6.81, keeping the day's collections in Baggies.

         Michelle stated not only does the Butte Humane Society need money, they also need towels and blankets and big sacks of cat and dog food.

         Wouldn't it be nice to keep the giving going in Cole's name by sending a check to Butte Humane Society, 2580 Fair St., Chico, CA 95928 and note Cole's name on the memo line to help his cause for a very worthy group of future pets.