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BiggerTogether campaign brings pen pals together

Mar 27, 2020
Big Sister Rachael Rademacher, a Camden Hills Regional High School sophomore, stays in touch with her Little Sister Abby through the BiggerTogether campaign, part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine.

Big Sister Rachael Rademacher and her 7-year-old Little Sister Abby Erickson haven’t seen each other since March 8. But they aren’t letting social distancing keep them from staying connected, thanks to a pen pal program that is allowing them, and 176 other school-based matches across eastern and central Maine, stay in touch.

With CDC guidelines of social distancing and school closures, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine launched a #BiggerTogether campaign that includes Bigs and Littles exchanging letters and artwork, an opportunity for children statewide to send messages of support and hope to Littles in the program.

Bridging the gap during the pandemic is critical to the long-term well-being of Littles, according to Gwendolyn Hudson, executive director of BBBSMM.

“Many of our Littles are feeling isolated. Some are living in poverty, have families who struggle with substance abuse, live in unsettled households and are experiencing tremendous loss and loneliness. We know the difference a Big Brother or Big Sister makes in their lives. ...”

For more information, visit bbbsmidmaine.org or call 236-BBBS (2227).

 

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