Thursday, May 31, 2012

Mother Daughter Duo impacts the life of Little Sister.

Big Sister, Terri Hughes, and her daughter Kennedy, share smiles with Little Sister Kenya Herron, all of Sidney. Herron is the daughter of Melissa Henry.
When 7 year old Kenya Herron joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County program she was looking to be matched with a Big Sister. What she received instead were two Big Sisters. Kenya was matched with Terri Hughes, of Sidney, in January of 2010. However, when she decided to become a Big Sister her daughter 9 year old Kennedy was ecstatic to be part of the match.

Kenya is the daughter of Melissa Henry of Sidney.

The three have formed a lasting relationship, one that everyone is enjoying. Kennedy is not only learning to share her mothers time with another child, she is learning about giving back to the community and making an impact on the life of another.

During their two years, their most popular activities have included Dayton Dragon games, movies, fishing, swimming, and going to the park. According to Hughes, “It makes me feel good to know I am making a positive impact on Kenya. I’d like to think I am making a difference in Kenya’s life by helping her gain some self-confidence.” Hughes reports Herron has a wonderful smile and a giggle that is contagious.

Herron’s mother is Melissa Henry, appreciates that Hughes is dependable and provides a variety of activities. Henry says, “I couldn’t ask for a better Big Sister.” Herron likes going to Hughes’ home to play games, and likes that Hughes’ daughter is a friend she can play with there.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County is a non-profit United Way member, social service agency. Lisa Brown is Executive Director of the agency. The program specializes in matching children from at-risk families with adult volunteer Big Brothers and Sisters. These adults provide children with positive role modeling, as well as new educational and social activities. If you would like to make the difference in the life of a child but are unable to volunteer at this time, Big Brothers Big Sisters has many other opportunities throughout the year for others to become involved. Learn more about our agency by logging onto or calling 937-547-9622 or 937-492-7611.

To help build more strong matches such as this, please consider taking part in our upcoming 5k Duck N’ Run/Walk which is being held in conjunction with our Rubber Duck Race. Both of these events will be held in Tawawa Park in Sidney at the Geib Pavilion on Thursday, June 21! You can log on to the website and download a flyer to the 5k or log on to To purchase your duck ticket you can stop in at the BBBS Sidney office or Meyer’s Garage and Drive Thru in Newport, or you can purchase them with credit card by calling in payment to the office. To aid us in reaching out to children facing adversity, please come out to support the children in this community!

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