For two years a committee has been fighting for a Big Brothers Big Sisters office in Big Spring that would serve Glasscock, Howard and Martin counties. They have raised $50,000 so far, but are still $25,000 short and only have eight more days to reach their goal.
“Children who grow up with mentors in their lives, studies have shown those children are less likely to end up in jail, less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, and less likely to resort to violence,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters Director, Kay Crites.
They're 25 thousand dollars short and they are asking for help to open up an office.
“Without our program were going to have more children drinking and abusing drugs and incarcerated,” said Kay Crites.
Key Crites explains Big Spring would strongly benefit from this program.
“The violent crime is 81% than the national average in Howard County, so obviously these children need a program like Big Brothers Big Sisters,” said Kay Crites.
Kay tells me she is praying for a Christmas miracle.
“It’s cliché to say the children are our future, but just because its cliché doesn’t mean it’s not the truth, and this is their chance to determine what kind of neighbor they want living next to them in 10-15 years,” said Kay Crites.
Big Spring resident and former public school teacher Tonya Teston says the kids here need help.
“I have seen so many children come from single parent family homes whether it is living with fathers or mothers and they don’t have that model they are looking for,” said Big Spring Resident, Tonya Teston.
Teston has four children and is concerned with raising them in Big Spring.
“I have noticed that since we moved back here in August there is a lot of crime, it breaks my heart, it makes me scared for my family,” said Tonya Teston.
A Big Brother Big Sister program in Big Spring could go a long way to making things better.
“I think with this program hopefully there will be more inspiration more incentive for people to get involved and help young children so that they don’t follow these footsteps of crime,” said Tonya Teston.
If you are interested in donating to this cause Kay Crites asks you to reach out to her at 432.687.0195 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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