Threat of snow does not damper spirits at BBBS annual Christmas party

Published 8:00 am Thursday, January 3, 2019

The threat of snow did not keep Big Brothers Big Sisters from gathering to enjoy the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Christmas party. 

Held at Big Sister Lynne Parson’s Morning Glory Farm, guests stayed cozy by the fireplace in the pavilion overlooking the lake. All enjoyed refreshments, making crafts and visiting together.

Despite the drizzle, some Littles dared to play outside, with the bonfire warming and the snow holding off until after the event.

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Council members, Bigs and volunteers helped set up and run the party. Refreshments were provided by Big Sister Sue Anderson and her Little Sister Nathalie; council members Lynn Costine, Patty Slater and Chris Tinkler; and staff member Karen Dacey. Big Brother Rob Fuller and council members Jane Ollis and Audrey Kendrick served as photographers to document the festivities.

Big Sister and council member Susie Kocher led a round of Christmas carols. Additional help was contributed by Doug Dacey, Big Brothers Bob Montgomery and Dan Dworkin, Little Brother Michael, council members Sharol Ard and Carolyn Gibson, and other guests.

The Tryon Red Ryders club donated gifts that were distributed to Littles at the event. Littles and their families also received gift cards and all volunteers received a special token of appreciation from BBBS through grants from the Polk County Community Foundation, which also funded the party.

Organizers thank those who helped make the holidays merrier and brighter for the Littles and Bigs, including volunteers, the Christmas “angels” who bought gifts for Littles, anonymous donors and donors at the Polk County Community Foundation.

Enrollment is currently open for children ages 6-14 in the BBBS Community-Based program. Volunteers are needed for the school-based mentoring program.

Those interested in learning more may call 828-859-9230.

– Submitted by Karen Dacey