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Being a Big

Posted: Monday, Jan 21st, 2013




Being a Big

Letter to a future Big Brother or Sister.

Dear someone: 
If you love kids and have some extra time and a big heart please read on. It is time to share my thoughts on being a “Big.”

I have been a Big for many years. It has been a pleasure to be involved with this program as a mentor, a friend and a committee member. I write this so I can share what happens when you become a Big. I have been a mom for about 37 years. My kids left Pinedale quickly one right after the other. I still had a need to be involved with kids on a personal basis.

A friend suggested that I check into the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Program. I discovered that there were special children in Pinedale that needed a little extra help. I applied to become a 
Big Sister by having a background check and sharing information about my personality. This would help to “match” me up with just the right child. It didn’t take long before I was matched up with a sweet young girl. We started out with a school-based program that took me into the elementary school each week. At this time we had about 45 minutes to get to know each other. We played games like checkers, we read to each other and we worked on homework. It turned out that we were a pretty good match!

After spending time together in this school-based program, my “Little” began to grow up on me. When she advanced to middle school I went with her. Now we had developed a relationship that 
would allow us to meet after school. We had more freedom to get together for other activities. Sometimes she might come over to bake cookies, play games or play with our old dog. We tried to do these activities on a weekly basis for a long time. One of my favorite photos of her was taken on a nature walk looking for deer.

With fond memories of our times together I look forward now as she is in high school. Her life has become very busy; she is learning how to drive and is becoming more social as young people do. This fall I saw her reading to a young child at the library; I thought how wonderful! Maybe the circle will come full circle and someday she will become a “Big Sister” herself. This briefly sums up my commitment of being a “Big Sister.”

There is always a need for someone, guys and gals, to become involved with this program. Think about becoming a Big. It’s a great way to serve your community and make a difference in a child’s life. You just never know what an investment in a child’s life could do for them and for you!

And to my “Little” – you will always hold a 
special place in my heart.

Sincerely,



Nancy McDaniel,

Pinedale

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