Big Brothers Big Sisters receives big corporate support

Customers Invited to Round Up Purchases to Benefit Mentoring Youth

Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, is joining forces with Jcpenney in June for the retailer’s charitable giving program, ‘JCP Cares‘.  By rounding-up purchases both in-store and online at, customers support maintaining and monitoring long-term mentoring matches to help children who face adversity in school and life.

“The support that the Jcpenney Cares program is providing Big Brothers Big Sisters will help us match additional children with a caring adult mentor in our local community.  Our young people need guides.  They need role models.  They need a trusted, supportive companion.  They need a mentor,” stated Emily Neeley, BBBS Regional Executive Director. “Through these additional resources that jcpenney is providing, it will enable us to provide support to ensure that we have longer, stronger matches and that we are making an positive impact in the life of that child.”

IMG_0277“Our partnership with JCP Cares aligns perfectly with the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Start Something brand message, which tells people and organizations there are many ways they can support mentoring; volunteering is just one of them,” said Charles Pierson, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America president and CEO.  “JCP Cares is providing financial support and awareness that will make resources available to help our local agencies carefully match more volunteers and children and provide support needed to keep the mentoring going strong long-term.”

Jcpenney stores in Paris, Texas and across the nation will invite customers to become friends of Big Brothers Big Sisters by rounding up purchases to the nearest dollar and donating the difference to the nationwide mentoring organization.  In addition, jcpenney will donate $1 for every $50 gift card sold in June, up to $50,000, giving Big Brothers Big Sisters an opportunity to receive additional funding.

“We are incredibly excited to support an organization that is making such a profound impact on the lives of children educationally, socially and emotionally,” said Miki Woodard, JCP Cares president and vice president of philanthropy for Jcpenney.  “Additionally, we’re proud to have our long time brand partner, Haggar, by our side to fortify these efforts.”

Haggar will also support Big Brothers Big Sisters by running an in-store campaign at all Jcpenney locations June 1-30.  For any pair of Haggar pants purchased, Haggar will donate $1 to Big Brothers Big Sisters, with a contribution of up to $50,000.  Customers will have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a trip to the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend in Canton, Ohio.

“I am delighted that Haggar has joined the nationwide mentoring network as a corporate partner,” said Lynn Swann, former professional football player and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America alumnus board member and national spokesperson.  “It’s a perfect fit, as Haggar and Big Brothers Big Sisters have a shared commitment to help children, families and communities thrive.  I will always be proud to wear my Haggar NFL Hall of Fame jacket, just as I will continue to cherish the years I’ve been privileged to serve Big Brothers Big Sisters.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters will host its Reunite Now national conference in Denver, Colo. June 24-30.  On June 26, Jcpenney will sponsor a special luncheon at the conference where the retailer will reveal a fashion makeover for a former “Big” and “Little,” followed by a surprise reunion of the two.  Throughout the conference week, Big Brothers Big Sisters employees will encourage Bigs, Littles, family members and friends to replace their Facebook profile picture with a special badge that displays the partnering organizations’ logos.

“We can not thank jcpenney enough for the difference they are making, not only locally, but nationally,” Regional Executive Director Neely said in closing.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships.  Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course.  Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Survey Report reinforces the mentoring program’s evidence base of positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.  This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 100-year history.  With about 350 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves nearly 630,000 children, volunteers and families. The organization is engaged in a nationwide search to reunite with alumni mentors, mentees, donors, and family, staff and board members.  To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters and ways that you can volunteer contact Emily Neeley, Regional Executive Director at 1.888.887.2447 ext. 503 or email

About Haggar Clothing Co.

Since its beginnings in a one-room office in Dallas, Texas in 1926, Haggar Clothing Co. has grown from a manufacturer of men’s fine dress pants and slacks, into one of the most recognized and original apparel brands in the market. Haggar coined the term “slacks” in 1938 and continued to lead menswear innovation with the introduction of pre-cuffed pants, expandable waist pants, wrinkle-free cotton casual pants, and suit separates. In addition to its Haggar® brand, the company has developed and launched the highly successful and eco-friendly LK Life Khaki™ brand.  Haggar is the official clothing partner of the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Haggar Clothing Co. today commands the #1 market position in men’s dress pants in the United States, as well as the #2 share in men’s casual pants, and has been a leader in men’s apparel for over 85 years.

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Click to register for the ‘Color Run’ benefitting Relay for Life this weekend

The Blossom Church of God invites you to ‘Color for a Cause’ this weekend at their 5K ‘Color Run’.   You may start the race in a white t-shirt, but you will finish completely colored, as at different points in the race you will be doused with different colored corn starch.

This is an all ages event and all proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.  For more information or to register, contact Angie Story at (903) 517-5433 or Melissa Chipman at (903) 782-4366.

Color Run

Everyone’s invited to ‘Outside the Walls’ event presented by Paris Bikers Church

The Paris, Texas Bikers Church presents church ‘Outside the Walls’ on Saturday June 1st from 6-8pm at the Evening Side Apartments Parking Lot – 750 Bonham Street.

The event is open to all and will include live music entertainment and free hot dogs while supplies last.  See flyer for details.


Meals on Wheels partners with Atwoods to End Senior Hunger


The Lamar County Human Resources Council’s Meals on Wheels program will serve hot dogs and canned drinks for $1 at Atwoods on Saturday May 18th from 10am to 4pm.

This partnering effort between LCHRC and Atwoods will directly benefit the Meals on Wheels program and their cause to end senior hunger in Lamar County and the surrounding.

You can come get two hot dogs and a canned drink for just $1 at the Atwoods parking lot at the intersection of Loop 286 and North Main Street.

All proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels.

“Hope Floats”: Children’s Advocacy Center celebrates children with balloon release

Friday morning dozens of people gathered for a balloon release celebrating the 184 children the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) were able to help during the 2012 year. Gathered in the crowd holding balloons of different colors were representatives from law enforcement, CPS, the district attorney’s office, CAC board members and volunteers, members of Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) and board member Cheryl Vanderburg’s 1st grade class from North Lamar.

IMG_2955CAC Executive Director Rebecca Peevy began the short ceremony with a quote from the movie “Hope Floats,” saying “Childhood is what you spend the rest of your life trying to overcome. That’s what momma always says. She says that beginnings are scary, endings are usually sad, but it’s the middle that counts the most. Try to remember that when you find yourself at a new beginning. Just give hope a chance to float up. And it will, too…”

She explained that they chose to name the balloon release event “hope floats” to symbolize the hope they have for every child of abuse.

In 2012, the Center conducted 184 forensic interviews – a balloon was released to represent each of these children. Different colors were used to signify the type of abuse the child suffered. Last year, the CAC reported:

  • Sexual Abuse (94)—red
  • Physical Abuse (23)– Blue
  • Witness (27)—Orange
  • Other (34)–Purple
  • DEC (Drug Endangered Children) (6)—Green

April is national Prevent Child Abuse Month. The Hope Floats balloon release supports the CAC mission of promoting hope and as the executive director of the CAC, Rebecca Peevy explains, “In spite of bad things that happen to kids, we work so that their hope will always “float”!