Boy celebrates 8th birthday by asking for donations for animal rescue

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) A little boy did something unusual for his 8th birthday party, opting not to accept presents for himself but instead asking friends and family to help a local animal rescue.

Cooper Kent, a 2nd grader at Robinson Elementary, had a birthday party this week at Texas Dynasty in Waco but instead of opening toy cars or Nerf footballs he asked for items needed at Fuzzy Friends Animal Rescue.

The response, his mom says, was overwhelming.

“We ended up with quite a few things,” Jenni Kent said. “I thought everyone would bring one thing but we ended up with bags of collars, blankets and towels and just an abundance of items.”

This wasn’t the first time the young birthday boy has done the same.

For his 4th birthday, Cooper also asked for donations for the animal rescue.

Fuzzy Friends said they were surprised and overwhelmed when Cooper walked through the door Monday carrying just about everything they could think of from blankets to paper towels.

“They brought something that helps every part of the facility from cleaning to animal care. You name it,” Christi Bunkley with Fuzzy Friends said. “He really put a lot of thought into it knowing that there are other things needed than just dog food, though dog food is important."

Jenni said the staff at the facility made her son feel special.

“He was super excited whenever we got there and were delivering it. The ladies there made a huge deal about it.”

While Cooper has never rescued a pet from Fuzzy Friends he does take extra special care of his best friend, a Chiweenie named Chili and one day he hopes to rescue animals, too.

“He’s like a kid that will sit and watch animal rescues on YouTube all the time,” his mom said.

“He just has a heart for animals and he even says when he grows up he wants to rescue animals. He just loves animals. “