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Youth mentors promoting the bright side for holidays

SHEBOYGAN — In Sheboygan County, the holidays are a time of goodwill and cheer for many, but for all of us, especially at-risk children and families in our community, this holiday season will look very different. In an effort to spread hope, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sheboygan County (BBBSSC) is offering a way for the community to support children and families who need it most with its ‘On The Bright Side’ campaign.

With the support of the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters will inspire Sheboygan County through a widespread display of holiday lights.

Make a donation of $25 or more to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sheboygan County now through December 31 and receive a string of green lights and an “On the Bright Side” sign to join in the community display of lights.

“Have fun decorating your home or business and help inspire hope throughout Sheboygan County with a message that we’re looking on the bright side for kids’ sake,” said Denise Wittstock, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sheboygan County. “2020 has challenged us all, but we hope everyone will join us and show their support for the children and families who need us most with a little bit of light.”

Donors will have the option to have their home or business added to an interactive map so those participating can drive through the community and enjoy the inspiring holiday ‘On the Bright Side’ display. Some businesses are already planning their ‘On the Bright Side’ displays and will collect donations and distribute lights in their stores.

“We are excited to help promote the Big Brothers Big Sisters campaign. Supporting kids throughout our communities is something that can bring us all a little joy this season,” said Olivü owner Caitlin Brotz.

To celebrate the community’s show of support, BBBSSC will host two casual, safe, outdoor celebrations. One, November 28 at Vintage Elkhart Lake from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Elkhart Lake and from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 17 at City Green in Sheboygan, located on the northwest corner of 7th Street and New York Avenue. Hot cocoa and other treats will be provided.

In Sheboygan County, an estimated 4,000 children are living without stable housing, enough food, or are abused, neglected, or bullied. Research shows that children facing such challenges are more likely to fall victim to truancy, violence, human trafficking, or substance abuse instead of succeeding at school, enjoying healthy relationships, and being rewarded for hard work.

The need to provide supportive services and community connections is great, especially during the holidays. The funds raised are critical for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sheboygan County to help children realize their potential and build their futures through evidence-based mentoring programs that match trusted volunteer mentors with children who need additional support and guidance.

“It only takes a little to be big in Sheboygan,” said Wittstock. “The ‘On The Bright Side’ program is a great way to bring light and hope to someone in our community.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sheboygan County helps children realize their potential and build their futures through evidence based mentoring programs that match concerned volunteer mentors with children who need additional support and guidance.

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