‘Bigs’ have an impact on lives of ‘Littles’ in Carroll program

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The best advertising for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carrollton is not, surprisingly, the children. They certainly enjoy their mentoring relationships and all the activities that go with the program, but they are not the most enthusiastic voice for the magic of these friendships. It is the adult mentor, the “Big” in our vernacular, who best conveys the excitement and meaning in these relationships.

This month we offer the words of Ramona Damron—wife and mom—who found a way to bring Tracy into her life. As you’ll now read, this has been a great decision for Big and Little alike.

“I have been a ‘Big’ for about two months now. I can already see a difference in the life of my ‘Little’ as well as in my own life. She and I have had fun getting our nails done, going to local sporting events, going out for ice cream, and having our picture taken. Most of all we spend time talking, spending time together, and just being silly. I believe that the best outing we have shared was the day we decided to do random acts of kindness.

“We discussed how this could be as simple as holding a door for someone, smiling at someone or giving someone a hug. During our outing, I got a roll of quarters. We then separated them into Ziploc baggies along with a plastic coin that has a saying on each side about kindness as well as a small card explaining ‘Random Acts of Kindness.’ We then went into the store and taped these filled baggies onto soda machines, snack machines, and video games.

“The smile on my Little was priceless, and I could tell she enjoyed it as much as I did. One lady caught us as she was replacing one that her son had used (she was paying it forward) and told us how we had made her day and what a wonderful thing we were doing. Of course, my Little was gleaming from this praise. Other than the person that caught us in the act and a few small children we handed a baggie to, we did this without anyone knowing who did it.

“I explained to my Little that we didn’t need for anyone to know it was us because we both knew we were making someone’s day a little brighter. We both felt great knowing we did what we did. She and I both agreed that it made us feel really good. She even told me she wants to do it again some time. I really enjoy being able to mentor her, and I feel that we are already developing a life-long relationships. I am anxious to watch her grow into a young lady. I believe that the future has great things in store for her.”

As is obvious, a Big sets an interesting life table for a Little with just a little bit of creativity. Please consider your own creative side as an answer to our growing list of children awaiting a mentor.

Contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at (502) 662-0888.

The Rev. Dr. Chris White is board chairman for Carroll County Big Brothers/Big Sisters.