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Support Big Brothers Big Sisters This Holiday Season

Dear Friend of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut:

Year-end 2017 is fast approaching and it has been notable in so many ways, a good deal of them painful.
One after another, natural disasters have crippled virtually every part of our country:

  • Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate decimated Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Gulf of Mexico. Conservatively, recovery will take decades.
  • In California wild fires raged, an historic drought subsided, followed by punishing flooding.
  • By mid-year, countless tornadoes made landfall in the U.S. with a death toll of 38 people.

The above are natural disasters. Turning now to man-made…

  • June 14. A Congressional softball game practice turned potentially deadly when gunshots rang out, gravely injuring Congressman Steve Scalise.
  • August 17. White Supremacists staged a confrontation in Charlottesville, VA, resulting in a state of emergency. A speeding car plowed into anti-racist protestors resulting in the death of Heather Heyer and the injuring of 19 others.
  • October 1st. A lone gunman opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, leaving 58 people dead and 546 injured.
  • November 5, 2017. A mass shooting occurred at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The gunman, 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley, killed 26 and injured 20 others.

As adults, we are horrified and, yes, terrified, by all of these occurrences, both natural and man-made.  Imagine how this information processes for a 7 year old Bridgeport boy or girl, facing their own challenges. This is where we, at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut step in.

These kids need a screened, trained, supported and caring adult mentor to help make them understand that their world can be safe when so much around them seems not to be. The presence of an additional loving adult in their lives can be the difference between panic and acceptance of the things that cannot be controlled.

Please help us to continue to provide that steadying influence to kids who need a helping hand.
Should you decide to honor us with a donation, you can:

  • log on to our website: www.bbbsswct.org;
  • call us with a credit card 203.366.3766;
  • or send a check to BBBS, 2470 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605.
  • Please check to see if your employer matches your charitable donations.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.
Have a wonderful holiday season.
 
Ellen Tracy
And all of us at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut