Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is wonderful for the child, but I think you get back everything you give and then a whole lot more.
When Patti first came to Florida, she was looking for a way to make friends and contribute to the community at the same time. Big Brothers and Sisters was the perfect solution. That's when Luisa and her younger brother Dylan came into Patti's life. Luisa was only eight years old at the time. With Patti's help and support, she's now earned her BA and is thriving in her career.
One year, instead of exchanging expensive gifts among friends, Patti used the money she would have spent (and would have been spent on her) to make Christmas possible for an impoverished family. She gave the money to her priest who in turn gave it anonymously to the family.