Big Brothers Big Sisters hold Christmas Party

Published 11:47 am Tuesday, December 19, 2023

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MILL SPRING—Big Brothers Big Sisters of Polk County held its Christmas party this weekend at Lynne Parsons’ Morning Glory Farm in Mill Spring, treating 20 deserving children to pizza, gifts, and holiday fun. 

Attendees enjoyed taking part in playing outdoor games like cornhole, soccer and football. They also explored the outdoors, walking around the lake and making s’mores at the bonfire. Inside, Bigs and Littles worked together to make Christmas decorations. BBBS would like to especially thank Lynne Parsons for allowing the use of her farm, James Cullen for helping fund the party and Angie Capozzi for supplying the pizza.

In addition, Polk County has also recruited 12 high school juniors and senior-level students for their school mentor programs to help spread the word about the BBBS program, many of whom attended the party. 

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Jessica Toney, the program director, has been working to grow the program and match the ‘littles’ with ‘bigs.’ The Polk County program is entering its 23rd year and is actively recruiting mentors.

“The BBBS program is one of the few that works daily to improve the lives of many disadvantaged children in Polk County, making it a valuable resource for the community,” Toney said.

January is also National Mentoring Month, making it an excellent opportunity to give a young person the gift of a mentor for the new year. More than 200 potential Little Brothers and Little Sisters in 18 mountain counties are waiting for an adult with similar interests to make a difference in their lives.

Interested individuals can contact Jessica Toney at or Bill Smith at