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Christmas comes early to BBBS children

Torrby, a “little” at the Pike County Big Brothers and Big Sisters Christmas party, told Santa Claus Friday night he wanted games for Christmas.

And, thanks to the organization, that just might have been what the “little” Torrby took home that night.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters held its annual Christmas party, with more than 100 littles gathered at Park Memorial United Methodist Church.

“The community helped out in donating money and sponsoring children,” said Melinda Conner, activities coordinator.

Connor said the event is something the organization holds each year, as a way to celebrate Christmas as a community.

The party is supported with donations and plenty of volunteers.

“The reason it’s so early is because most of our volunteer are college students, and we always want to make sure they get to be involved since they are so involve year round,” Connor said.

Students from Troy University’s Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity are some Connor said are big contributors. Ryan Hayden was one of those volunteers.

“I’m not a regular volunteer, but I volunteer with the Christmas parties,” Hayden said. “We like to support a lot of organizations, whether it be Big Brothers Big Sisters or others in the city of Troy.”

In addition, the university’s Wesley Foundation served the meal for those at the event.

Connor said the organization serves about 200 children in Pike County, some referred by area schools and others by family members, DHR or juvenile court.

While most of the volunteers are Troy University students, Connor said the Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks more from the community, as well.

For more information about the organization or to volunteer, call 566-2454.