Big Brother mentorship gives a grandfather another little brother

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Posted on August 27, 2009 at 9:03 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 15 at 9:15 AM

(WHAS11) - When is it too old to volunteer? Really never, and when it comes to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, the organization is able and proud to say it has people volunteering who are aged from their 20's to 80's.

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And in our Big Brother match this week, we made it back to a very unique place on the river.? It's a place that has just opened up a new visitor's center, and you've got to see it if you really want to understand this city's river history.

For little brother Kyle Jackson, and his big brother Ivan Baugh, this place is heaven. They are checking out the new public areas, the visitor's platforms of the McAlpine Locks and Dam, operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

On display here now is a huge propeller from a barge, an actual, small tug boat, and a huge anchor.

The corps spent ten years enlarging one lock and renovating this area and it's now open again.

And along this walkway out to the lock, there's amazing photographs of what this area looked like before the civil war.

For Ivan, being a big brother is one unique adventure.? But Kyle will tell you, it's been a great six years, even as he gets ready to graduate from the program.? Kyle says it was his mom, who believed that Kyle needed someone like Ivan in his young life.

And one amazing thing happened along the way, they did a genealogy search for one project and found Kyle is related to Ivan in a very distant manner, but it's there.? A tremendous way to wrap it up, as Kyle moves into his 18th year of life.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana is to trying to get its waiting list down to zero by the end of the year. ?400 local children still need matches.

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