Big brother makes impact in little’s life

WICHITA COUNTY, Tx (RNN Texoma) - Before Gavin Thompson was matched with his big brother, things were not going so well.

"With the absence of my dad in my life I had the feeling that I really didn't matter and that no one was there for me," Gavin said.

He showed no sign of happiness, would get in trouble at school and struggled with his grades.

However, that started to change once he met his mentor Nick Schriber through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wichita County.

"We met at McDonald's and I just sat there and waited for five minutes," Gavin said. "I didn't know what to expect and then he walked through."

Three and a half years later and they are still there for one another.

84 percent of children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wichita County program come from non-two parent families, so their mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring one-to-one mentoring relationships that can help change their lives for the better.

"I want to be the person that he can talk to," Schriber said.

Gavin and Schriber share many memories together from exploring the flooded Wichita River to taking a trip to the ballpark to catch a Texas Rangers game.

"The nature day at Mineral Wells was pretty fun, you{Gavin} got to shoot the guns and bow and arrows that were pretty cool," Schriber said.

This is a friendship Gavin said has lead him to better grades and help gain back his self confidence.

"It gave me a sense that someone cares and there is someone I can talk to," Gavin said.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wichita County is always in need of mentors, but at the moment they could really use more men.

To help mentor more boys in our community head over to their website to learn how.