To boost the number of matches within the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, the organization is planning an event in hopes of recruiting more men to act as “bigs.”

“Bigs” are adults who act as mentors to children, or “littles”, who are signed up for the program.

From 5 to 6 p.m. Sept. 24, BBBS will set up shop with informational literature, door prizes and refreshments at Weakley-Watson, located at 1414 Austin Ave.

“We will have some of our board members and their ‘littles’ out there,” said Shane Blackshear, executive director of BBBS. “This will be a good opportunity for anyone interested in the program to talk with some of the ‘bigs’ and ‘littles’.”

Ten boys are on the group’s waiting list, Blackshear said.

“Some of them have been waiting for a match for over a year,” Blackshear said.

“But, we are always short on male volunteers which is why we are doing this.”

Blackshear said that finding matches is beneficial for the “littles.”

“Statistics have shown that the kids who take part in Big Brothers Big Sisters are less likely to get into trouble, more likely to graduate high school and more likely to attend and graduate from a four-year school.”

Blackshear said BBBS will also have a booth at the Brownwood Reunion, Sept. 18-20.

For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters, call 643-5600.