GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – One local area nonprofit will be making the season bright for a few families across Northeast Wisconsin this holiday season.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin is partnering up with the U.S. Marines for a holiday shopping spree, collecting as many toys as they can. The Marines’ Toys for Tots program will make this holiday season extra special for local-area children thanks to a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin (BBBSNEW) and Target.
“It’s about everyone getting together and that’s what this time of year is about, too- everybody coming together and just celebrating,” says Jacob Kaster, a Big with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin. “Celebrating what they have and celebrating each other.”
For 8 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin have partnered with the Marine’s ‘Toys For Tots’ program. Stocking shopping carts with plenty of toys.
“This one’s a pretty big deal,” said Kaster. “I mean, every year I see emails about how people are on wait lists and if you don’t get signed up right away you pretty much miss out on it. It’s just something that seems to be a really rewarding thing for Big Brothers Big Sisters and for the kids.”
With a shopping cart at the ready, Marines and staff collect all the toys they can carry for Santa. Collected toys are then distributed during the nonprofit’s Holiday Party.
“It just warms you up,” says Staff Sgt. Dario Ramirez, Toys for Tots Coordinator. “It’s good to give back and break that little [stereotype] we’re robots or something like that but, no, we’re actually people and we like to give back and to make someone’s day is just the cherry on top.”
And just as they’re in search of those holiday gifts, they’re also in search of volunteers to be a Big.
“To have somebody else that they can trust in their lives, not all of these kids have that in their homes and in their communities,” said Kaster. “They need people who are going to step up and be that for them. Secondly, just because it’s really rewarding for me. As much as I’ve done for each of my little’s, they’ve done, I think, more for me.”
Toys selected during Tuesday’s shopping spree will be distributed during BBBSNEW’s Holiday Party on Dec. 12th at The Woods Golf Course. Thanks to the courtesy of a generous donor, Bigs, Littles and their families will enjoy dinner, visits with Santa, gifts and family activities.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is also accepting donations for Giving Tuesday. To find more information on how to donate or on how to become a Big, you can head over to their website right here or their Facebook page.