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.