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Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrate Christmas

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Hundreds of Central Texas children kicked off the holiday season with their Big Brother and Big Sister mentors on Sunday.

It was not only a Christmas party but a bonding opportunity.

It's a room filled with holiday cheer; another event that will help in building long-lasting relationships.

"Often times, families don't have the resources to provide as many gifts for their children as they would like. We want to provide the opportunity for kids to come out with their mentors and really get to celebrate the holidays," says Kate Garrett, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas.

Dozens of toys were donated by the community, each child got to pick one of their choice.

There were also 10 bikes raffled off by the Jack in the Box Foundation.

Rosemary and Destiny stopped by to join in on the fun.

"To do something that brings so much joy, Destiny has several brothers and sisters and they just get so excited about these types of events. To be able to share in that, it's such a wonderful program," says Rosemary Holly, Big Sister.

They were matched three years ago and the bond they share has made a big impact on 13 year old Destiny; her personality has blossomed.

"Since I was shy, I come out of my shell and I'm talking with other people and interacting," says Destiny Brown, Little Sister.

She has six other brothers and sisters, four who are also in the program.

It's been a learning experience for Deandrea over the past five years.

"I learned how to be respectful, I learned math and all this other stuff that she had taught me," says Deandrea Brown, Little Sister.

90 thousand hours of mentoring was provided to 1,500 children in Central Texas last year.

More than 97 percent of them stayed in school, improved their grades and avoided early parenting.

There are hundreds of Central Texas children still on a waiting list for a Big Brother or Big Sister; volunteers are needed.

Big Brothers are especially in high demand.

For more information head to, http://www.bbbs.org

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