Children, their mentors and families celebrated the holidays in a party where food and gifts were abundant. The Madera Holiday Party 2013, put on by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California, served as yet another bonding opportunity for those who participate in the program, which matches children with adults or teenagers in hopes of building caring relationships to increase positive youth development.
The one-to-one mentoring program also works to increase education levels and strengthen families. Children in the program are called “littles,” while their volunteering adult or high school mentors are referred to as “bigs.” About 200 people attended the party on Saturday at JBT Food Tech.
It was the first time Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California hosted a local holiday celebration. Usually, participants in the various counties throughout central California are invited to attend one gathering in Fresno, said Amber Molina, the Fresno Madera program manager.
The organization hosted the event to show appreciation for volunteers who have spent three to four hours each week for the last year interacting with their littles...