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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas
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To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

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Hey Bowlers - today's matching donation from Padgett Stratemann hit $1,000! THANK YOU! We'll be crediting your team pages over the next few days and truly appreciate you participating in BFK this year!
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Little Sister Taylor and Big Sister Joan have been matched for more than 6 years in the BBBS program.  Watch their beautiful story of friendship -- and see what Taylor has learned from her  Big Sister through the years.  http://youtu.be/HopnWNrreIQ?list=UULuG500gnW3_pTQyjK-JZXg
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Hey BIGS -- Good news.... the Event Finder app is ready! It's an easy way to find affordable activity ideas that are nearby -- and you can even filter by your Little's interests. Check it out here and let us know what you think: http://bbbsevents.org/
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Looking for an afternoon treat? Visit our friends at Blue Baker this week and buy a graduation cap cookie! They're donating 100% of the profits to support hundreds of Little Brothers and Sisters right here in Austin.
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Did you know couples can volunteer to mentor a child together? We call them "Big Couples"! Joey and Jenni have been mentoring Little Brother Avante for two years now -- read their amazing story: https://bigmentoring.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/big-couple-joey-and-jenni/
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Just read this and had to share! When a Little Brother or Sister applies for a BBBS college scholarship, we ask their "Big" to write a short personal statement to accompany their application. Here's one Big Sister's absolutely beautiful statement about her Little Sister Jasmine:  

"Jasmine is truly one of the most intelligent people I have been lucky enough to meet. Her incessant curiosity and open mind towards the world leave me in complete awe because I see a lot of myself in her passion, which is why our match has laid the foundation for a lifelong friendship and support system. It is incredibly rare to meet a young woman like Jasmine, who asks a million questions and is always willing to embrace differing views in her attempt to gain some universal clarity.
 
“Coming into this program, I had zero expectations for my match. I had no idea I would come to treasure and respect and love this person so sincerely and so deeply. Jasmine and I have a lifelong journey ahead of us – as friends, as sisters, as mutual mentors – and any other person or institution could only be blessed to experience her rational intelligence and beautiful perspective.”
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At this year’s Match Holiday Party, we welcomed nearly 400 Littles and Bigs, 21 event volunteers, 2 sponsors… and a partridge in a pear tree. Every child enjoyed dinner with their mentor, took home a candy goodie bag and also chose a toy. Thank you to BURY, Holiday Inn and all our toy drive participants for bringing holiday magic to so many Littles!
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You might see the story on KXAN, FOX7 or KVUE today that our office was burglarized over the weekend. Everybody is OK -- and we've been working to repair a couple of broken windows and replace a laptop that was stolen. Thanks to everyone for your patience, the well-wishes and all your support - we truly appreciate it!
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Thanks Vortex Martial Arts - Harris Ridge for hosting an awesome match event, where Little Sisters learned Karate basics, fitness and leadership skills!
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Today is #GivingTuesday and we're celebrating how mentoring changes kids' lives for the better, forever. So, why do YOU support mentoring? If you're a Big, why do you volunteer? Tell us in the comments!! 

(Pictured: Ali, Big Sister to Little Sister Daisy)
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