LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers Region currently boasts about 70 matches between youths in need of positive, older role models and adults looking to fill those roles.
Several of the pairs, also known as "bigs" and "littles" gathered at Riverside Park Sunday for what's called a match activity.
BBBS program delivery specialist Lyndsey Langer said the organization facilitates both "site based" matches, which typically take place at a little's school, and "community based" matches in which bigs and littles can opt to meet and hang out on their own.
Match activities, like Sundays, are open to all bigs and littles but are organized by Langer and the rest of the BBBS staff.
Sunday's activity featured food and games. Bigs and littles could also work together in creating craft projects -- like gak (similar to silly putty) or colorful bottles filled with layered sand.
Langer said many of the littles at match activities, which are typically held monthly, know each other from school.
She also said many of the program's bigs get to know each other and become friends.
"It's just really nice to get kids out, have them do different experiences and different activities they might not be able to do in their home environment," Langer said.
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