Big Brothers Big Sisters latest match such a success, pair already increasing time


Posted on July 30, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 15 at 9:15 AM

(WHAS11) - Last week, WHAS11's Big Brother Big Sister segment showed you little Isaiah Johnson. He's been on the waiting list for one year with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana. Last week,the folks at the organization, for the first time ever, decided to stay late in the office, as our newscast aired, to answer the phones from viewers. The experiment paid off. Dozens of calls came in, and Isaiah is now closer to getting a Big Brother.

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This week we're featuring a brand new match; Big Sister, Rachel Williamson and 7-year-old Cierra.

We met up with the pair at Chik-fil-A on Shelbyville Road.

These two area brand new match. They're only a couple of months into it, but their interests are so similar that already Rachel, a busy sales executive with Cox Radio, has increased her time with Cierra.

Cierra lives with her grandparents. They wanted Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana to provide a positive female role model for the little girl.

Rachel envisions this matchlasting a long while; until Cierra is married, and at that wedding years from now, we imagine you'll be seeing a lot of what we noticed; high fives, Cierra loves them!

7 year old Cierra, is a great cheerleader for Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

From now on, while the WHAS11 segments air, the organization will be there in person ready to answer your calls. That's because 400 local kids remain on the waiting list. They haven't been as lucky as Cierra, meeting up with Rachel Williamson.

If you'd like to volunteer your time, remember, 400 children remain on the list waiting for a match.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana is trying to get rid of thatlist, and starting in September the 400 Campaign begins. The goal is to have everyone matched up by the end of this year!

Call them at 1-877-588-2300 to be a volunteer. They will come to your home, your business, visit with you after hours, or on your lunch hour to get the process started.

Just a couple of hours a month is required, but most matches far exceed that, with a lot of fun and good memories.