Patricia Bigge, 6, is painfully shy and deeply sensitive. She worries about a homeless man and child she once saw and a schoolmate who was injured. She is scared of strangers but she will shout in alarm if you might step on a wasp on the sidewalk.
She is transformed around animals. Her eyes light up at the sight of birds, and she is giddy when she kisses the nose of her white guinea pig, Peep.
Patricia loves to draw. A recent drawing of a farm scene will help her buy a cow, a goat and a garden basket to give to poor families, through Heifer International. At age 4 she saw a movie about the organization and asked her parents, “Can I buy them a goat?” From the mouth of babes came a clear desire to help.
Holding up her drawing in church, Patricia softly asks the congregation to donate. Asked why she wants to give the poor a cow, she says she’s afraid people might die of hunger. Her parents nurture her fundraising.
“She doesn’t understand money,” said her dad, Will Bigge, “but she understands animals.”