Preparing to celebrate matches

Everybody needs a friend. Someone to look up to in their time of need or just someone to have fun with from time to time.

That is what the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) Humboldt and area organization is celebrating with their BBBS month coming up in September.

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Plans are in the works for many fun activities to raise money and awareness for the organization, says BBBS Development Coordinator Jodie Hergott.

Organizations throughout the city will be lending a hand to the organization, including Boston Pizza, Johnny’s Bistro, and Rookies throughout the month with a Big Brother Burger Combo challenge.

“Their chefs are creating a burger combination... We will be receiving a portion of the proceeds from each of those orders.”

Hergott has left it up to the chefs to be as creative as they want with creations possibly changing throughout the month.

Thanks to local participating businesses and residents, Sept. 18 will see Humboldt’s downtown turn purple in support of national BBBS day and Light Your Town Purple event.

Home Hardware has sponsored lights for the gazebo in Civic Park as well as the four corners of 6th Ave. and Main street. Lights can be ordered through Hergott at the BBBS office.

Also included in the month is their Music Bingo fundraiser on Sept. 7 and annual award and recognition night on Sept. 20.

Currently there are 23 littles in need of a friend, says BBBS caseworker, Morgan Forster, 17 little brothers and six little sisters.

Ten big and little matches are continuing into 2019 with more matches being made with the in-school mentorship program with school starting in September.

The in-school time is great for adults, both in traditional matches and with the in-school program, who do not feel like they have a lot of spare time because matches can spend  one hour a week during lunch hour or after school with their matches, says Forster.

Activity boxes are set up at the school so mentors always have a variety of games and activities to keep them busy, she says.

The in-school program works well, says Forster, because the principals and teachers at the Humboldt and Muenster schools are great to work with.

For those people interested in being a match, it is easier than people think, says Forster.

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