The Bond Between A Big And Little In Big Brothers Big Sisters

The Bond Between A Big And Little In Big Brothers Big Sisters

Midland, TX (Big 2 News) - "He is totally energetic and he's one of the smartest kids I've ever met. He absorbs everything," said Bob Crites.
Midland, TX (Big 2 News) - "He is totally energetic and he's one of the smartest kids I've ever met. He absorbs everything," said Bob Crites.

Crites started volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters three and a half years ago.

And he says his time with his Little, 12-year-old Chase Wallace, has already had positive impacts.

"With Bob and Chase, they've only been matched for four months but they're the closest of friends now," said Julie Brice, resource development director for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Midland.

According to Brice, having a mentor in a child's life can have lasting positive effects.

"They have higher self confidence, they do better in school, they do better in relationships with their family and with other friends. It's just good all the way around," Brice said.

"His grades have come up drastically in just the short time I've had him. I mean, a little motivation, a little mentoring here and there helps," said Crites.

Chase says sometimes they go out to parks to look for treasure, he says they even almost hit the jackpot.

"We almost found diamonds but it turned out to be pretty sad, it was fake," Wallace said.

Apart from treasure hunting, they enjoy competing in games against each other.

"We went to Cinergy once and we played tag, laser tag, it was awesome. He won twice," Wallace said.

Brice says she's seen Bigs who still keep in touch with their Littles years after they've been in the program.

"It can be a life long bond between these people," Brice said.

For Crites, he says his bond with Chase is something he wishes to keep as long as he can.

"He keeps me active, he keeps me going. So, it's important to me," said Crites.


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