HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Big Brothers, Big Sisters of North Alabama matches children with qualified mentors. Someone who will spend quality time with their little. A one-to-one relationship that is built on trust and friendship.
Huntsville resident Jeanie Cross is a wife, a mother and a Big Sister. For almost five years, Cross has been a volunteer mentor or a " Big" with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of North Alabama.
"I was interested in the community match and Kiersten and I got matched," said Cross.
Cross said despite their difference in age, she and Kiersten actually have a lot in common.
"She's very much a girlie girl. We like books and going to Barnes and Nobles, going to the movies, we like singing and she's very good at singing," added Cross.
Kiersten could not stop talking about the special bond between her and Cross. Both agree, it does not matter what they do as long as they are able to spend quality time together.
For little Kiersten, who is the only girl in a family of boys, Cross represents always having someone to talk to who understands what it is like to be a young girl.
"She's always there for me and it's fun to have someone else to hang around with," said Kiersten.
Today the two feel more like family.
"She was there at really big events in my life. We were friends before I got married and before I had my baby .She was there at my wedding and the baby shower and she and her family came to visit me in the hospital after my son was born," said Cross.
Kiersten who has considered a career as an artist or a singer is looking forward to Cross always being a part of her future.
"To have somebody to talk to when I don't have anyone to talk to. It's hard to talk to some people and I will have someone to talk to," said Kiersen.
As for Cross, she says she is gratified knowing she has made a difference in Kiersten's life.
"Sometimes you don't realize the power that you have on a younger life and I think it's really amazing. She and her generation are our future," Cross said.
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