Father's Day is just around the corner. Unfortunately, some children are lacking a fatherly figure to celebrate.
While Chris Cramer is encouraging others to be big brothers, he has a little reason of his own to celebrate this holiday weekend and he says it's growing bigger by the minute!
"He's got a full head of hair, no teeth yet but he's starting to climb and crawl, well he's been crawling for a while but he's starting to walk," says Cramer.
Cramer is a board member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida and he says whether you're an actual father or just volunteering to be someone's big brother, the feeling of being a young child's role model is truly indescribable.
"Kids are running around they're interacting with their bigs. You could see it was like a little brother looking up to a big brother, a son looking up to a father, you know that's all they want," says Cramer.
Time is valuable, but the commitment to mentor doesn't have to be full-time.
"Someone to throw the ball with, somebody to tell them jokes and to bat things around with them and that's all they want, is just to watch somebody live," says Cramer.
Cramer says, just like a real father, mentors get just as much out of the time they spend with little brothers or sisters.
He says, "To see the smile on the kids face, or to see a C grade turn into an A grade, to see that perfect spiral that you've taught them or that fish you should them how to catch."
And in the spirit of Father's Day, Big Brothers Big Sisters poses this challenge: "We need 20 male mentors, 20 men to get involved. Call 763-KIDS, we'll tell you all about it. You can help change a kid's life, and in doing so you might change yours."
Again, Cramer says being a big brother is not a full-time commitment and they will match you up accordingly. For more information, call 763-KIDS.