We Can Change the Trajectory of a Family Tree
I'm thrilled to be an Honoree in this year's Most Wanted Auction at the Midland Theater on Saturday, December 1st. My goal is to raise $60,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City (BBBS-KC) and break the all-time record.
Beyond my aspirations to individually raise at least $60,000, there is a deeper and more personal reason why I am raising funds for BBBS-KC. Like so many others, I didn’t have the perfect childhood. My parents divorced when I was young and I spent my childhood splitting time between two homes with single-working parents. While I was by no means raised without a mother or father, there were times where not having them both under the same roof made my childhood more challenging.
My struggles in childhood pale in comparison to the situations that many of the BBBS-KC “Littles” are experiencing. Though my parents were divorced, they were both extremely involved in my life, they both valued education and both worked hard to make sure our needs were met.
I often wonder to myself: how different would my life have been had I grown up in a household where attending college was not an expectation? If my parents didn’t live 10 minutes from each other? If my parents weren’t involved in my life after their divorce? How different would have my life have been if I didn’t even know my father?
This is why I support Big Brothers Big Sisters.
BBBS-KC creates long-term developmental relationships for children growing up in a one-parent home who are facing adversity. “Bigs” are paired with a “Little” to serve as friend, mentor and a role model; helping them gain greater self-confidence, gain exposure to a world that most are not familiar with and to make better decisions. Bigs and Littles share time together weekly, doing normal, everyday, activities like running errands, playing catch, watching a movie or going out for ice cream. These moments can turn into life-changing, impactful friendships.
Together, we have the ability to profoundly change the trajectory of a family tree, impacting not just one child but also their future children and beyond. So many of these kids have the cards stacked against them. The relationships formed through BBBS-KC help support Littles as they strive to do BIG things. They could be the first person in their family to attend college or in many cases, be the first in their family to break the cycle of poverty.
There are currently more than 325 children in the greater Kansas City area who are waiting for a Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Couple or ACES Mentor.
Will you help me support this incredible organization that enriches the lives of so many children and families in Kansas City? You can help change a life today.
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