• Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida Presents Fort Walton Beach Big Sister with the 2021 Okaloosa County Big of the Year Award

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    May 28, 2021
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida (BBBSNWFL) presents Big Sister Cindy Kahl with the Okaloosa County Big of the Year Award.

    Every year, in each county that BBBSNWFL serves, a Big who has made a significant influence on the emotional growth and development of their Little is presented with the Big of the Year Award.

    “A big surprise,” says Kahl. “I think that the program is very rewarding not only for the Littles but for the Bigs as well.”

    Cindy and her Little Sister Gaby have been matched for two years. Cindy, having been a mentor in the past, decided to become a Big Sister because she wanted to support local children in need and make a positive one-to-one impact.

    Cindy has become a strong, positive influence in Gaby’s life. Academically, Cindy has helped Gaby with her schoolwork which has resulted in an upward turn in her grades. She incorporates math in their day-to-day activities such as gardening projects or by having Gaby help measure an area and calculate how many bricks are needed to finish a project in her yard.

    Cindy incorporates her Little Sister’s family with community service activities like inviting them to pick grapefruits from the trees on her property and donating them to an organization that helps feed people in need. Additionally, Cindy and her Little Sister wrote thank you letters to be sent to hospitals across the country to thank them during the COVID-19 pandemic for all their hard work.

    BBBSNWFL appreciates how much thoughtfulness and love Cindy has put into everything she does, not just with her Little but with her family. To learn more about how to get involved, visit www.bbbsnwfl.org/get-involved

    Photo Caption: Cindy Kahl is presented with 2021 Okaloosa County Big of the Year Award by her Little Sister, Gaby
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