SHERMAN, Tex. -- Big Brothers Big Sisters has many programs. We've already discussed several of them: the school based program, the community based program, and the couples program.
But the organization also has something called the family program. The Bailey's are a part of this, and play the part of the "Bigs" with 7-year-old Kyle. They say he's a very active kid, and loves to "go and do."
Linda says all of her children, except her 17-year-old son, Brad, are out of the house and had extra time to devote for volunteer work. They chose Big Brothers Big Sisters because, as Linda's husband, Glenn, said, they have always liked children.
The entire family plays an important role in Kyle's life. They play tennis together, go out to eat, and have all sorts of fun at the Bailey's home in Howe, Texas. But it just might be Brad's role that is the most influential to this little first grader. As a guy, Brad said it's hard growing up. What you have to do, he said, is choose a man you respect and then model yourself after him. That's why Brad strives to do well and act responsible in his own life -- so that Kyle will have a great role model to look up to.
Being a Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Couple, or Big Family doesn't take that much time. But it does mean the world to a child.
For more information and to learn how you can become a Big, call Nele Rogers at 903-893-0900.