Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBSDE) of Delaware, a nonprofit organization established in 1964, aims to provide positive role models for youth who are living with risk factors.
With the help of local businesses, the Big Brothers Big Sisters Holiday Appeal Drive provides gifts for families participating in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program.
Holiday Appeal was developed more than 20 years ago by a board member due the generosity of Delaware businesses such as MBNA and Wilmington Trust. The families nominated for Holiday Appeal each year are those facing severe financial hardships.
Since the inception of Holiday Appeal the program has served more than 1,000 families statewide.
Since 2004, Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Dover International Speedway have partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware in support of the Holiday Appeal Drive, and collectively have adopted more than 70 families totaling 196 children.
Each holiday season the departments and employees from Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Dover International Speedway “adopt” families and purchase Christmas gifts for selected Big Brothers Big Sisters families. A gift wish list is provided from each family a few weeks before Black Friday. After all the shopping is done, the gifts are loaded on a truck and delivered to each family, helping to ensure the families in need have a great Christmas.
Many Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, Dover International Speedway and BBBS employees join the delivery motorcade. The families are typically in awe when they are greeted with so many smiling people delivering gifts and holiday cheer to their families.
Partnering with Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Dover International Speedway has proven to be a win-win for the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs and fundraisers like Bowl For Kids’ Sake, Beef & Beer, Guest Bartender Night and The “Big” Golf Tournament. In addition, the organizations have partnered on more than 99 Bowl For Kids’ Sake fundraising teams, helping to raise more than $67,000 for mentoring programs.
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and Dover International Speedway employees have also served as “Bigs” to a child in need of a positive role model.
For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware, visit www.bbbsde.org or Facebook at www.facebook.com/BBBSDE or Twitter www.twitter.com/BBBSOFDE.
To find out how your business can participate in the Holiday Appeal Program and help put a smile on a child’s face in the future, contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware in Wilmington at (302) 998-3577, in Dover at (302) 674-2486, or in Georgetown at (302) 856-2918.