LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana is asking for the community’s help in raising money to keep their program going.
“In my neighborhood there’s not really a lot of people to hang out with. I don’t have an older sibling so he kind of feels like a big brother to me,” said Daniel Argenal, a “little” in the program.
“I used to be bad in school sometimes but now when he talks to me I don’t do that anymore that much,” said Jaquion George, a “little” in the program.
“I’ve been really happy because I’ve been grateful being with my sister Ms. Sarah,” said Victoria Williams, a “little” in the program.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana is “Bowling for Kids’ Sake”. The fundraiser bringing together teams to raise money, all leading up to the big bowling event March 16.
According to Executive Director Kalli Christ, matching adult volunteers with children facing adversity through the one to one mentoring program is simply priceless.
“Those relationships are built off of friendship, trust and really creating a future of success for the child and put the child on the path to the biggest possible future,” Christ said.
It does cost about $1200 year to support one match. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana currently serves 135 matches without charging any program fees to participants.
“The program is amazing. They provide a lot of support to the bigs in the program,” said Sarah Lognion, a “big” in the program.
“My favorite part is whenever I get to hang out with my big sister,” said Cecelia Roberts, a “little” in the program.
“It’s good for a kid that doesn’t always have that positivity to be able to see there’s more to life than running the streets and getting involved in things that will get them in trouble,” said Quincy Filer, a “big” in the program.
“Bigs” do all sorts of things with their “littles”: read, go to the park, help with homework and even go bowling.
“You never know what you could possibly make a difference in doing. Just by me hanging out with him, I didn’t realize the impact that could have on somebody’s life. It means a lot to kids his age to develop them and just have somebody to hang out with,” said Dailey Thibeaux, a “big” in the program.
KLFY is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana for their upcoming fundraiser – Bowl for Kids’ Sake. It’s happening Saturday March 16th at Rock ‘n’ Bowl.