12 Littles of Christmas 2017

Give a Little

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – In so many ways, kids are a blank canvas full of potential and promise, but looking for someone to help guide their brush. This year’s 12 Littles of Christmas let their personalities shine in a colorful display of holiday spirit.

Each pint-sized painter got to work on his or her own work of art at the Big Brothers Big Sisters building in downtown Wichita recently.

“We can choose to paint a penguin or a snowman,” 8-year-old Jonathan told us, “and I’m choosing a penguin.”

In so many ways, that’s the role of a Big… not to make the choices, but to help shape the thought process.

“Try to stay in the lines, and try to do your best,” advised 7-year-old Synceer.

And much like their artwork, their interests are unique.

“I like painting, drawing, spending time with my baby brother,” 9-year-old Reina said.”

“I like to sing,” 9-year-old Alexandria told us.

“Play football and go skating,” 10-year-old Dy’Ton said.

They’re studious like 12-year-old Mikalah.

“I’m really good when it comes to E.L.A.,” she said. “I normally read a grade above.”

“(I like) Science,” 8-year-old Miguel said with a smile,” because we get to make gingerbread men and destroy them.”

And they’ve all let their minds wander to what life would be like with a Big.

“I have someone to talk to and do something with because usually at home I have nothing to do,” 10-year-old Ricky said.

“Just to have someone to play with and someone to have fun with,” 11-year-old Donald imagined.

Or maybe it would mean a special night out.

“Go to the movies and Chuck E. Cheese,” 8-year-old Te’Asiah suggested.

Like all of us, they can’t wait to see what shows up under the tree.

“The best part about Christmas,” 11-year-old La’Darius said, “is you get to open up presents and make a mess of the front room.”

But the greatest gift of all, doesn’t come wrapped in paper.

“All I want for Christmas is my Big Brother,” 10-year-old Mercellis said.

It’s that simple. You could be the Christmas present that changes a child’s life. Make the match that helps transform their canvas into a masterpiece.

For more information on becoming a Big call 1-888-KS-4-BIGS or go to www.kansasbigs.org.

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