“When I have experiences like this one with her, it’s such a strong reminder of why I got involved and why I do what I do. We have a great bond. It gives me an indescribable feeling of gratitude.”

That’s a quote from Amanda R., a “Big,” after taking a trip with her “Little” on the S. S. Badger.
What’s a “Big” and a “Little,” you ask? They’re a mentor and a child involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters. It’s an amazing group, and one that truly changes lives in our community.
You may not have the time to volunteer as a “Big” but you can still contribute to this great organization—and burn a couple calories in the process. This Saturday, I invite you to join me at the 25th Annual Sleigh Bell Run/Walk in downtown Kiel.
 The Run/Walk has two-mile and five-mile options, complimentary refreshments at the finish, and there are “Riesterer Reindeer Games” for the kids.
The “Dasher’s Dash” (a 100-yard run) and “Rudolph’s Run” (a 1/4 mile run) will take place right around 11 a.m. after the run/walk.
Children are invited to participate in the Riesterer Reindeer Games! Riesterer Reindeer games are free of charge; however, if your child would want an official Sleigh Bell Run/Walk T-shirt, please fill out a registration form and pay the entry fee on Saturday morning. Awards will be given out to all participants.
Last year one of Manitowoc’s little brothers was able to run at the State Cross Country Meet. The benefits he received from Big Brothers/Big Sisters was instrumental in his confidence to participate. To witness the change in his life was amazing and he has now begun to help youth runners in the area.
The “First Saturday in December” is one of my favorite Saturdays in Kiel. It’s a great event with so much holiday cheer, and the more, the merrier!
I’d love to see you out there, and I promise some wonderful Wisconsin winter weather!
You can sign up in the Kiel Middle School gym on Friday from 6:30 to 8 p.m., and Saturday morning starting at 8 a.m. The two-mile and five-mile events begin at 10 a.m.