Cover Story - Big Brothers and Big Sisters

One of the most important aspects of being a good parent is simply being a good role model. That's also the theory behind the success of the Big Brothers - Big Sisters program.

Traditionally the match-up is one on one. One Adult matched with one child. We meet an entire family serving as Big Brothers and Big Sisters to prove what it takes to be good role models.

We met Chris Hesson last month at a kids safety fair in Huntington's Ritter Park. After the interviews and background checks, Chris was deemed the perfect match. Both sides of this extended family admit the first month was a little awkward, but after that the relationship blossomed.

The Vallances are one of only two local cases in which an entire family took on the BIG role. Kevin and Kathy have pleasantly discovered what they believe is the joy of having a boy in the family.

BIGS are required to spend at least 4 hours a month with their LITTLES. The Vallances easily eclipse that requirement. People who know them aren't surprised.

The Big Brothers - Big Sisters Organization is always looking for volunteers. In fact, there's a waiting list of kids who are gutsy enough to take that first step and request a big brother or big sister. If you're interested they're right in the phone book all over our region.

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