Erin Cummings is scheduled to appear on a Charter One parade float called "Saving Our Future." The 16-foot-tall creation features recycled and recyclable materials, like 2 liter bottles and plastic milk jugs. Since playing Dr. Abbey Ward on "1-8-7," which was filmed in Detroit, the actress has worked on a Vin Diesel-produced Web series called "The Ropes" about the lives of bouncers. Cummings also has a three-episode arc as Ginny Saddler on the ABC series "Pan Am."
Shortly after relocating to Detroit last year to work on "1-8-7," the actress founded Mittens for Detroit, a nonprofit that donates mittens and gloves to those in need.
"I didn't plan on starting a charity," says Cummings last week by phone from her new home in Los Angeles.
"I was handing out Halloween candy with my cousin Kathy (Moss), when a girl came to the door missing a glove and crying. Kathy gave her a pair of gloves. That sparked the idea." Since its inception last year, the nonprofit has collected 10,000 mittens and gloves that have been distributed to such charities as Michigan Veteran's Foundation, Latino Family Services and COTS (Coalition on Temporary Shelter).
Like other "Detroit 1-8-7" actors, Cummings makes frequent return visits to the city. "I go back once a month usually," she says.