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Big Brothers gearing up here

July 16, 2012

A little support please?
That is the call from those wanting to start a Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter in the Big Spring area. Fundraisers are getting underway, with hopes of being able to bring the mentor program to the area. The first fundraiser —community garage sale — will take place Saturday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at First Church of the Nazarene.
“We are trying to bring an office to Howard, Glasscock and Martin counties,” said James Bell, BBBS Crossroads Satellite Resource Group chairman and advisory board president. “We are looking to open an office and hire a person to match the children with mentors.”
Original planning began in March, when five community members joined together to form an advisory board. One of their first acts was hosting a kick-off dinner to help their venture into the community.
The goal for the year is set at $125,000 according to Fundraising Chair DeAnn Bell. Volunteers would be responsible for making a one-year commitment which would include an hour a week with their “little.” The Big Brother Big Sister program calls the mentors “Bigs” and the students “Littles.”
Of course, for those not wanting to or unable to volunteer time, there are other ways to help the program. Board members are still needed as are financial contributions, donations of all kinds and prayers.
“Prayers are the most important part in making this venture a go,” Bell said. “We are hoping to be able to make a difference and help the kids become an important part in the community.
“When you become a mentor, you end up getting back twice as much as you give.”
The goal is to be able to have the program up and running by next school year, according to DeAnn. At this point, in addition to fundraising ideas, the advisory board is looking into grants and corporate sponsors.
To find out more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters, visit the website at bbbs.org or email Bell at deannb2010@hotmail.com.

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