McNeese students make Christmas special for Big Brothers Big Sisters children

McNeese students make Christmas special for Big Brothers Big Sisters children

SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) - Members of McNeese State University's Greek Life partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters for a holiday event aimed at helping kids.

It's called "Project Save Christmas" and members of Phi Mu and Kappa Alpha brought children in the program a little holiday cheer on Friday.

"These are actually Littles that are enrolled in our program but have not found a volunteer to be their Big yet," said Heather Hohensee, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters Southwest Louisiana.

Hohensee said about 30 out of 40 children on their wait list participated in the fourth annual event.

"Basically they're having Bigs for an evening," said Hohensee.

Littles and their temporary Bigs got a chance to draw their own version of Christmas.

"The best part, really, is seeing the kids have a great time," said Aaron Myers.

Myers had a vision and mission when he started the event four years ago.

"Coming out of foster care as a little kid, I didn't really have the best Christmases and I wasn't with family. I remember as a little kid I always told myself I never wanna see anybody else go through the kind of stuff I went through. So when I came to college and had the opportunity to put on events, 'Project Save Christmas' was the first one that came to mind," explained Myers.

For Tanner Smith, it's a chance to give back: "True meaning of Christmas, you know."

There were plenty of laughs, presents, and even jolly old St. Nick posing for pictures and making spirits bright.

If you're interested in becoming a Big in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program you can find more information HERE.

Our Lady of Good Counsel's Newman Center volunteered their venue for the holiday party.

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