February 7, 2007
Reported by Pam Dixon
12 year old Brian has spent most of his young life growing up around girls. Brian says, "Girls can't do as much stuff as we do and they don't like going on different stuff."
Life got better when Ray Melerine entered the picture. Brian says, "It changed because I was always wanting somebody to play with and do stuff with and I couldn't really do that because my mom would be doing work or something and my grandma would be doing work."
Ray and Brian were matched through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in 2001 when Brian was just six and living with his mother and grandmother. Ray says, "I saw some of the commercials and stuff and the more I thought about it, the more I thought that I had extra time on my hands to be able to give to someone else that could possibly benefit from my time."
Six years, one marriage and a baby later, Ray still keeps his little buddy close in his life. Ray says, "It started off right off the bat as being something fun rather than a task or a job to do. It was more on the lines of being able to hang out with someone, have fun and it's just spending time together, enjoying each other and having fun."