BB/BS match - Michelle & Haley

June 15, 2007
reported by Pam Dixon

You can never have too many friends. If you'd like to try a new friendship that's not your ordinary friendship, why not become a big brother or big sister? KPLC's Pam Dixon shows how adults can get more out of life by playing around.

Michelle Duplantis has been around this block before. Michelle says, "I thought it would be kind of neat to hang out with a little kid. I'm a kid at heart."

This is Michelle's 13th year as a big sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Michelle's first little sister grew up and now her second little sister, ten year old Haley, seems to be another perfect match. Michelle says, "It's more rewarding than they think. A lot of people think they don't have the money. Well it's not really about the money. It's the time. They enjoy the time spent with you more than anything."

And with Michelle around, life just got a lot more interesting for Haley. Pam asks, "What do you two enjoy doing together?" Haley says, "Just about everything." Michelle says, "There's never a dull moment." Haley says, "No there never is."

Michelle and Haley are both an only child in their families. Michelle says, "I think that's a common bond that I've been able to help with too because I can understand. You get bored. There's nobody to play with." Haley says, "There's never a moment where I get bored with her. She always surprises me." Michelle says, "It's a little sister but they tend to grow in your heart."

All it takes is a couple of hours twice a month and you too can welcome a young child into your heart. If you would like to learn more about becoming a big brother or big sister, call 478-KIDS or click here.