Several years ago I became a board member of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana. I love this organizations mission and the impact that they have on the children in our community.
Recently I started sharing my time with my own littles with their dad which has allowed me a little more free time on my hands. With that time I felt called to do something productive and something that would make a difference. Having already been imbedded in Big Brothers and Big Sisters for several years the logical choice was to get involved outside of just the Board role. I needed a little sister… and that’s just what I did. I was matched this week with my little sister and am very excited to start spending time with her.
However, I am not writing this blog to toot my own horn. I am writing to tell you a story. I went to meet my little sister the other day for the first time. It was arranged that we would meet at the BBBS office as she was attending the summer camp program that they put on. I arrive and her and I begin chatting and visiting and playing a game. The other sweet kids that are also attending summer camp hear that I am her new Big Sister. One little boy came over to me and asks me – are you really her new Big Sister? Then he went on to say how he wished he could have a Big Brother and he was still waiting for one. Then he hugged me every so sweetly and went back to playing. KIDS need US. They need mentors in their lives who want to spend time with them. That sweet little boy broke my heart. SO if you are reading this and have been wondering what you could do to “pay it forward” or give back (whatever you want to call it)…. Reach out to Big Brothers and Big Sisters in your community. There are children that are waiting for someone to stand in the gap for them and make a difference in their lives! There are several programs that you can participate in that impact kids in a BIG way! Be the change! Get Involved!
One of My prayers last night was that someone steps up for that little boy…..