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Big Brothers Big Sisters enjoy Christmas with help from the community
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Big Brothers Big Sisters members pose for a photo at the BBBS Christmas party, Dec. 16 at the ice skating rink. Several businesses and groups helped kids in the volunteer mentoring program celebrate the holiday. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barton and Pawnee Counties has been the recipient of much Christmas cheer and good will this holiday season, Executive Director Stephanie Joiner reports.

"Our Little Brothers and Little Sisters have been blessed by the generosity of many local businesses and community organizations this holiday season. As an agency, we are truly grateful for the kindness and consideration of our community," she said.

Last week, members of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge No. 23, went shopping Little Brothers and Sisters who are waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister. Waiting Littles were given a $30 gift card and a personal police escort through Walmart to purchase gifts for their family, friends or selves. Great Bend Feeders also helped sponsor this activity.

On the evening of Dec. 16, Big Brothers Big Sisters hosted a Christmas party at the ice skating rink in the courthouse square. Farmer’s Bank supplied cookies, hot chocolate and gifts for all children at the party. "The gifts from Farmer’s Bank were a wonderful addition to our Christmas party," Joiner said. "The Littles were all excited to take home a gift and the Bigs were glad to have hot chocolate to keep them warm!"

Select Little Brothers and Little Sisters were also supported by Clara Barton Hospital’s Angel Tree. Clara Barton contacted the Big Brothers Big Sisters agency in the hopes of helping local families’ Christmas a little merrier. Over 35 children were referred by the Big Brothers Big Sisters office to receive gifts through the Angel Tree. Gifts were to be delivered just in time for Christmas.

"Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barton and Pawnee Counties works to create positive change in the lives of children through one-to-one mentoring," Joiner said. "The efforts of these local businesses and community members personifies the spirit of mentoring — giving a little of your time and resources to set a positive example for the children in our community. We are truly grateful for their generosity."