A boy in Tyrone just celebrated his 8th birthday, but didn’t want a party or any presents.
For a kid to say they don’t want to throw a birthday party is one thing. It’s another for them to ask loved ones to donate to the local police department.
Cole Stine turned 8 years old on January 30. And he told his mom that instead of a big party, he wanted to donate money, $500 to be exact, to the Tyrone Police Department’s K-9 Program.
“I thought it was very important to the police station,” said Stine.
Cole’s mom, Kelly, says she wasn’t shocked her son asked her to do this…because it’s just who he is.
“Honestly I wasn’t super surprised,” said Kelly. “He’s always been a very giving kid, just as he grew up like everything is about helping other people so I was just really proud.
And Sergeant Jason Hollis says Cole is a great example for kids in the community to reach out to their neighbors and do something to help.
“For him to take this step, as an 8-year-old, to say ‘hey, you know what…I want to donate something bigger than myself, super exciting.’ We were really happy to find out about it. And then to find out he raised $500, amazing,” said Sergeant Hollis.
Sergeant Hollis says Cole will be the first person to meet the new K-9 officer.