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We recently went through the interests of the children that are still on the waiting list of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carroll County. Lo and behold, these children looking for a new friend are not asking for the world. In fact, most of us are exactly who they need in doses we can deliver.
For example, a 9-year-old girl writes that she hates to watch TV, but loves to go to Wal-Mart. An 8-year-old boy is very creative, enjoying music, acting and travel. A 10-year-old girl wants to go to Carroll County school events and spend time outside.
Another 8-year-old boy wants to fish, and then fish some more, and then maybe play football. An 8-year-old girl loves to dance, talk and go about anywhere. Yet another 8-year-old boy loves math, football and riding bikes.
We also have a few older kids looking for a mentor.
An 11-year-old boy wants “guy time,” and he especially loves football. Another boy, 14, wants to hang out, especially with video games on the agenda. And yet one more girl, 14, loves basketball.
These children are asking only for time and interest. What little bit they ask of a Big in effort is paid back many times in plain old fun. The great gift from these kids is the meaningful experience of helping a child.
Tucked into these interests is an appeal for a friend. We hope you’ll consider Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carroll County in your New Year’s plans.
The Rev. Dr. Chris White is board chairman for Carroll County Big Brothers/Big Sisters.