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LITTLE’S HOLIDAY FAMILY TRADITIONS

As the winter holidays creep up on us, plans are starting to be made. Some people come together with their family and spend Christmas together; others visit up to five parties or dinners in one night to spend time with all their relatives. Everyone has their own special way of celebrating with those they hold dear. Our Littles, our Bigs, and our families have their own traditions and ways of soaking up the joy that comes with the holidays.

For example, one Little’s family, loves the food that comes with the tradition of Navidad or Christmas. Her mother, Maxima, describes the food with mouth-watering detail. Buñuelos or fritters, tamales, posoles, barbacoa, ponche de fruta (literally translated as fruit punch, but trust me, it’s not the typical kind), pollo al horno, platano frito or fried plantains. Has your mouth started watering yet? When she used to live in Mexico, they would also take part in Posadas, or dramatic reenactments of Joseph and Mary’s search for the birth of Jesus. Parties were had afterwards and these would then include the entire neighborhood, not just the family. The family holds these memories dear and Maxima loved sharing these traditions with all. Another Little, Micarjo, happens to enjoy a different Christmas and New Year each year. When speaking to her mother, Josee, we learned of the many different ways in which the holidays can be celebrated. Every year the family goes to a different city, like this year they will be going to Minneapolis to spend Christmas with Josee’s cousin. During times of celebration they will listen to Haitian music, Kumpa songs and exchange gifts with one another. For New Year’s they then plan on having the entire family in the US and one in Canada come to them. Josee and her family come from Haiti and New Year’s is actually their Independence Day as well. So, naturally,

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they multitask by celebrating both events on the same day. The food described by Josee was amazing. They carry on the tradition of making pumpkin soup, Kabucha, fried plantains, different types of spicy food, and Barbamcour. Josee mentioned a tradition in Haiti in which the Kabucha made from each family is spread and shared throughout the entire neighborhood as a sign of friendship and love. Since they do not live in Haiti anymore and cannot follow this particular tradition, she also mentioned that some people will jokingly “share” Kabucha on Facebook with a picture! The family donates money to Barbonne, Haiti (where they are from) and on New Year’s Day will call their parents to wish them luck on the next year. Afterwards they try and see their President’s New Year’s/Independence Day Speech on the television to keep up with their events. Christmas and New Year’s/ Independence Day are times in which the family comes together to share the joys that come with the holidays. Ask your Little this holiday season about how their family celebrates Christmas and other special occasions. Share your traditions with them! It’s a great conversation starter and a way to discover more about your Little and their family.

LITTLE’S HOLIDAY FAMILY TRADITIONS CAREER NAVIGATORS—Rock Island Arsenal RAVE ABOUT YOUR LITTLE—Abbigail DEAR MATCH COACH—Tips for communicating M.A.P.S. BOOK OF THE MONTH M.A.P.S. MATCH ACTIVITIES— ACTIVITIES—NOVEMBER BBBS RECEIVES HAVlife GRANT SNOWBIRD SOFTBALL CLASSIC—Save the date CRAFT ACTIVITIES—DECEMBER RecruitONE—Help us find more volunteers!

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HEALTHY KIDS—Having a ball during snowfall! MONEY WISE KIDS—Borrowing MACOMB—DECEMBER NEWS BIG IDEA WORKSHOP—Reserve your seats! WHITESIDE COUNTY—DECEMBER UPDATE PUTT-A-ROUND—Early registrations can win a get-away! SHOPPING FOR A CAUSE MATCH ANNIVERSARIES—DECEMBER COMMUNITY CALENDAR—DECEMBER


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RAVE ABOUT YOUR LITTLE: ABBIGAIL Abbigail volunteered with her Girl Scout troop at the North Scott food pantry. She helped for two hours to put together Thanksgiving food bags for the North Scott Community. In this picture you see Abbigail working to find the right food to put into a bag. Abbigail is matched in our School-Based Plus program with her Big, Lyn Jungblut and they have been matched 8 months. Abbigail is a busy girl who is involved in a large amount of extra circular activities such as Girl Scouts and gymnastics. Way to go Abbigail!! Thank you for helping our community!

SEND A RAVE TO YOUR MATCH COACH! We will feature your Little in Coaches Corner!


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DEAR MATCH COACH—TIPS FOR COMMUNICATING Technology has made it so easy for us to communicate, but it has also caused some issues when communicating with my Little and their family. I have a hard time getting my Little’s parents to call or text me back. I also have a hard time getting my Little to open up to me. What are some things I can do to improve our communication? “The biggest communication problem is that we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply.” An important aspect of communication that many of us forget is listening. When you are spending time with your Little, be sure you’re really listening to what they are telling you. If they feel like you’re not interested or unengaged they will be less likely to open up. Be open to what they are saying. If they are not giving you positive feedback do not take it personally. They may have a hard time opening up or maybe the activity you’re doing isn’t their favorite. It can take kids a while to open up because many of them have experiences with people leaving. These experiences make children cautious. Many times children will talk to you about little things and if they see that you are engaged they will open up about more in depth topics. Many of the Littles we have just need someone to open up to so try to be that person for them. Do not force them to talk about things that make them uncomfortable. Most children are good at guiding conversation. One way to let kids open up is to ask open ended questions. If you ask a yes or no question you will most likely get one word answers. Instead of asking “Did you have a good week at school?” Try asking, “What was the best part of school this week?” This provides them the opportunity to tell you a story or lead the conversation to what they are interested in talking about. No matter what they are telling you remain calm and positive. If they say something that they did wrong

discuss why it was wrong and how you can work together to fix it. Always remember that if they tell you something that sends up red flags let your match coach know! Communicating with your Little’s family can be difficult as well. One thing to keep in mind is that they have kids. I am sure many of you have children of your own so remember how busy those kids keep you! Many of the families we have in our organization do not always have the funds to keep telephones and computers and if they have them they might not have minutes or the ability to pay for internet. Try to be understanding when parents are difficult to reach. They may not have the response time that you would normally expect from someone, but remember time with your Little is your objective. You also have the ability to try different methods. If you have not spoken to your Little for a while try stopping at the school or write a letter. This will let the child know that you are still there for them. Try setting up a plan with your Little’s parents or guardians. Include the best days, times, and methods of communication. This will give them some idea of when to expect to hear from you. It may seem frustrating at times but making things as easy for the parents as you can will help with overall communication. We also want you to remember your communication with us! We know that match support can get a little redundant for some of you. When we call or e-mail please get back to us as soon as possible. This is a perfect time to run an idea for a match activity by us, or ask about your Little’s family. Do not hesitate to call or e-mail us even if it’s not time for your scheduled match support. That’s what we are here for. We do not make these calls to bug you. All of our match support calls are to benefit you and Your Little. So the more you communicate the better!

M.A.P.S. BOOK OF THE MONTH: DECEMBER Participating in the Book of the Month Club is a great way to earn a literacy stamp for your M.A.P.S. passport. How do you get your stamp? Each month a new book will be listed as the “Book of the Month”. After you read the book with your Little, contact your Match Coach for a question sheet that you will complete and return for a literacy stamp! Book of the Month: December- The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg. Christmas is coming and what better way to get in the spirit than reading The Polar Express! Join a young boy for an exciting journey when he takes a ride on a train called the Polar Express to the North Pole.


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MATCH ACTIVITIES: DECEMBER BBBS BAZAAR! Financial Literacy—Dec. 15

5:30-7:00 p.m. at the BBBS office

HOLIDAY MATCH PARTY!

Friday, December 9th 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Bettendorf Community Center 2204 Grant St., Bettendorf Celebrate Christmas around the world with themed games, snacks and fun! Thanks to Davenport Noon Optimists for sponsoring the 2016 Big Brothers Big Sisters Holiday Party!

Join us on December 15th and earn a financial literacy stamp for your passport by helping your Little buy and sell homemade items to learn basic money skills. Littles will learn how to manage their money and make profits by using “BBBS bucks.” Each match should plan to come with at least 10 items of their choice e.g. cookies, bracelets, ornaments. A piggy bank, among other prizes, will be awarded and hot chocolate and snacks will be served. Space is limited. If you have any questions or would like to RSVP please contact your match coach. A list of possible items can be provided if you are having trouble determining what to bring.

RSVP to your Match Coach or Jaime at jkeller@bbbs-mv.org or call 563-323-8006

BBBS RECEIVES HAVlife GRANT Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley is excited to announce a new grant from the HAVlife Foundation for $12,500! This grant will make opportunities available for Littles ages 10-15 to participate in extra-curricular activities such as art, music and athletics. Thank you HAVlife for making this possible!

2017 SNOWBIRD SOFTBALL CLASSIC—PLAN ON IT! Presented by:

Men’s Tournament: January 27-29 DEADLINE TO ENTER: Wednesday, January 25 Co-Ed Tournament: February 3-5 DEADLINE TO ENTER: Wednesday, February 1

Get your team together now!

www.dugoutsportscomplex.com


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CRAFT ACTIVITIES—DECEMBER DIY REINDEER

DIY SNOWMEN Supplies: Socks (at least 2) Glue Ribbon Rice Buttons Pins Rubber Bands

Supplies: 3 clothespins 1 short popsicle stick Brown paint or marker Glue 2 small googly eyes (or make own with white paper and black marker) Small red pom-pom ball (or make with red paper)

Directions: Step 1: Spoon rice into sock, as full as you want. Tie off top of sock with rubber band. Two thirds down from top of sock use second rubber band and tie lightly around to make the head. Step 2: Use other sock and roll a few times and place on the head for hat. It will cover the part you tied off. Step 3: Use ribbon or thin piece of cloth and add a scarf around the snowman’s neck. This will cover the rubber band that you used to make the head. Step 4: Push pins in for eyes and glue on two buttons. You can use a sharpie to color eyes and nose as well.

Directions: Step 1: Paint or color clothespins brown. (You can add black to make hooves) Step 2: Glue eyes on, near end that clamps. Step 3: Put reindeer together and put on red nose.

RecruitONE! BBBS NEEDS MORE VOLUNTEERS! Give us a volunteer prospect we can call! Even after a successful 100 Days / 100 Bigs community campaign, we are still in need of mentors for 2017. We need your help! We are asking our current Bigs to provide us with at least one good prospect who you think would make a good Big. Talk with a co-worker, friend, relative, church member or anyone else you may know about becoming a Big. Just give us their name and contact information, we will just say that you thought they might make a good Big! Any Big who recruits or provides the name of a prospective Big (they go through the interview process) will receive a $20 gift certificate for BBBS gear for them or their Little!

For more information, contact Bre at bsykes@bbbs-mv.org 563-323-8006.


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HEALTHY KIDS—HAVING A BALL DURING SNOWFALL! Fun Ways to Keep Children Active during the Winter Season By: Chelsie Kirschbaum, MS, CHES - Wellness Coach, UnityPoint Health® - Trinity Winter is fast approaching which means temperatures are dropping and most warm-weather activities that keep children busy and active are coming to an end. Because of this, the winter season often coincides with decreased activity levels among children. The season can also contribute to an unhealthy lifestyle when combined with other factors such as a diet full of holiday sweets and processed foods. To keep your children on a healthy path, consider some of the following tips to keep your child active during colder times: Choose the Kitchen over the Couch. When it comes to your child’s couch time, limit this as much as possible by engaging in other activities! Instead of lounging on the couch together, try making some healthy, kid-friendly snacks and other foods that you’ve never tried before. This will keep your child on their feet while also allowing them to be creative with their recipe ideas!

indoors? Places like indoor trampoline parks, children’s museums, and even play centers in malls are designed solely for the purpose of keeping children active and on-the-go while inside. It also doesn’t hurt that they encourage interaction with other kids! If you have cabin fever and need to get out of the house, check out some of these options in your area! Do You Want to Build a Snowman? Most of us dread the frigid temperatures that come with winter snow fall, but why not use those extra inches of snow for snowmen and forts? Playing in the snow with your child is an excellent way to get out for some fresh air, all while staying active outdoors. Just don’t forget to always dress them appropriately when temperatures get cold! Holiday Strolls and Window Walks. Take advantage of seasonal activities and attend parades, window walks, and other special holiday events with your child. Better yet, find ways to actively volunteer at the events. This is not only a great way for you and your child to bond while doing something fun, but also a great way for you to teach your child about values and giving back to the community!

Indoor play to pass the time away. Who says you can’t be active

A big thank you to UnityPoint Health Trinity for their Healthy Kids Sponsorship


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MONEY WISE KIDS—BORROWING By IHMVCU staff Steven was in deep. He had maxed out his credit card. If he could go back in time and redo things he certainly would, but wishful thinking wasn’t going to help his current situation. Steven didn’t like borrowing money, but knew it was necessary for things like buying a house, a car, or an education. When he applied for an auto loan to buy a car the bank first looked at his credit history. Steven’s credit history was pretty good at the time—he was employed, promptly paid his bills, made regular contributions to his savings account, and repaid his monthly credit card balance— so the bank approved him for the loan. Steven was then given enough money to buy his car and made a plan with the bank to pay back the amount he owed over time. The holiday season arrived and brought with it a lot of cool stuff to buy. Steven eagerly stocked up on some video games, a new laptop, clothes, and a snowboard. Soon Steven began putting more and more things on his credit card. Food, movies, furniture—it all went on the card. Steven knew he shouldn’t. He didn’t have enough money to pay for everything he bought but reasoned he’d have enough to pay off the minimum balance he owed at the end of the month. But because Steven didn’t fully pay off what he owed, the credit card company began charging him interest on his monthly payments.

Steven knew about interest payments. He knew interest was an additional fee for borrowing the lender’s money. Steven was already paying 6% interest on his car payments, and now had to pay 11% interest on his credit card payments. Soon everything added up. Desperate, Steven quickly worked out a plan to pay off his debt. Steven would start slow. He would not continue using a credit card but pay with cash or debit for everything instead. He would then divide his paycheck so 70% of it would go toward expenses—like paying off his loans. If Steven followed this budget he would slowly get out of debt. Steven also reviewed some popular tips so this situation wouldn’t happen again:

Shop around to get the best deal on a loan. Compare loan terms from several lenders, and feel free to negotiate the terms.  Look closely at a loan’s APR – its Annual Percentage Rate. This is the total cost, including interest charges and fees, described as a yearly rate. ● Only use a credit card if you can pay back the full balance at the end of every month. Only paying the minimum balance will result in being charged interest.

Happy Holidays from IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union!

A big thank you to IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union for their Money-Wise Kids Sponsorship!


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MACOMB: NEW ACTIVITIES, MORE MATCHES… We have had a crazy busy month! Since our last newsletter we have made 5 new matches! We went to a WIU Women’s Volleyball game and met the players, and we also learned all about healthy eating from a WIU student group called SANE. We had our biggest fundraiser of the year: Bowl For Kids’ Sake! With our new matches, new activities, and BFKS we have had a great month of November!

New Matches! November didn’t see any rest for us here at the Southern Mentoring Center. We conducted four interviews with new volunteers. We really enjoy getting to know these good people, and then we get to go out and find a kid to match them with. We interviewed seven children and their parents this month. Interviewing the kids and the parents is just as much fun, but the best part is when we get to actually bring them together and start their match. In the last month we made five new matches! Each of them is unique, but what they have in common is a commitment to community service and a desire to change lives for the better, forever. Take a look at our awesome new matches: WIU Volleyball Game In November the WIU Women’s Volleyball Team invited our matches to come watch one of their games. WIU Athletics even provided us with free pizzas! 12 of our matches and some of their siblings enjoyed watching the game. We got to line up at the beginning of the game to high-five the players, and then they met with us after the game to talk and sign autographs! Check out the photos! Jaren & Donald

Eva & Sabrina

Braden & Benton

Upcoming BBBS Activities We have had so many awesome match activities this semester (thanks Nate!) and there is one more…our annual Holiday Party! This is the BEST match activity of the year. Come out and join us! Madison & Jane

Kayla & Megan

SANE Cooking Activity We were lucky enough to have a great student group from WIU come teach us all about healthy eating habits and how to make your favorite foods in a healthier way! SANE (Student Association for Nutrition Education) provided all of the cooking ingredients and educational materials so that our Littles could learn about healthy foods and then make some of their own food to eat. Check out what they did!

Sunday, December 4, 1-4 PM Big Brothers Big Sisters Christmas Party (Prairie View Community Center)

For more information on how to volunteer contact: Pete Tarantola, Program Director

309-837-5437 or email: ptarantola@bbbs-mv.org


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...AND, BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE!!!

Our biggest fundraiser of the year was the first two weekends in November, and hugely successful! In 2016 we were able to have two Bowl For Kids’ Sake sessions. The first one took place on Saturday 5 November at Digger’s College City Bowl in Macomb. Over two hundred community members raised pledges and many local businesses/organizations sponsored the event. It was a wonderful day, full of fun and a great opportunity to come together in support of the life-changing work BBBS does. The first bowling session included teachers, community members, businesses, Bigs and Littles. And this year we had a late-night Rock ‘n Bowl for WIU students and faculty on Saturday 12 November at Digger’s. All bowlers got a t-shirt, we had tons of door-prizes to give away, and there was a grand prize for the top fundraiser of each hour. We even had trophies for the top bowler of each hour! What an awesome event, and what awesome communities we serve. Team BBBS is strong in Warren and McDonough Counties, and we and we want to thank everyone who contributed, in any way, to BFKS 2016!


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BIG IDEA WORKSHOP—BRIDGING GENERATIONS: REGISTER TODAY!

Born before 1946

Born between 1946—1964

Born between 1965-1975

Born between 1980-1995

Born after 1996

The date for the Big Idea Workshop— Bridging Generations, has been changed to

Thursday, March 9, 2017 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Jumer’s Casino & Hotel in Rock Island. TALK WITH YOUR EMPLOYER ABOUT ATTENDING! Registrations are open NOW to reserve your seat. Seating is limited to 250 people! To find out more about the training go to:

www.bbbsmv.org/bigideaworkshop Presented by:

Watch this video: http://www.generations.com/phil_gwoke.html


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WHITESIDE COUNTY UPDATE—DECEMBER Featured Match of the Month December’s featured match is Dakota and Henry! Dakota and Henry have been in a school based match for 4 years. They enjoy talking about sports, trucks, and playing football with Dakota’s classmates while Henry is the referee. Thank you Dakota and Henry!

Something New to Try with Your Little It’s December—so it’s time to bring on the holidays! Here are two fun Christmas craft ideas for you and your Little to try. The both of you can try your hand at making paper cone Christmas trees, which are great decorations as well as cute gift ideas! Then after that craft you will have likely worked up a hunger, so now you can make Santa hat cupcakes to share! Links below. http://www.crafts-for-all-seasons.com/paper-conetree.html http://www.midgetmomma.com/santa-hatcupcake-with-homemade-icing-christmas-partytreats/

Tours: 10am-11am-1pm-2pm & 3pm Non-Guided Walk Through: 7pm -9pm Sunday December 4 Non-Guided Walk Through: 1pm-5pm Admission Fees 0-12yr – Free Adult - $3.00 Senior (60+) - $2.00 Family $6.00 Group (20+) - $2.00/person December 3 Breakfast with Santa presented by the Sterling Kiwanis December 3 Morrison Christmas Walk 4:30 pm- 8:30 pm www. Morrisonchamber.com December 8 Ugly Sweater Party- Sterling Theater presents “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” December 10 Second Saturdays Downtown Dixon 6 pm – 8 pm

What’s Happening in the Whiteside County Office Thanksgiving Baskets- Our annual Thanksgiving Basket donation drive was a success! Thank you to CGH Hospital, Sauk Valley Food Bank, and Kroger, as well as several BBBS volunteers that helped make our BBBS family’s Thanksgiving holiday special!

Things to Do in the Sauk Valley Area December 1 Sights and Sounds Community Concert 7pm Big Red Church, Sterling December 2 Dixon Annual Christmas Walk- Downtown Dixon 6-9 pm December 2-4 Dillon Home Museum Christmas Walk The Dillon Home will be beautifully decorated for the month of December. During the Christmas Walk (December 2-4) lighted walkways and Christmas music will greet visitors coming to tour the Dillon Home and Carriage House. Friday & Saturday December 2 & 3 Guided

To volunteer in Whiteside County, call Nicki at 815-625-3990 ext. 102 or email nspears@bbbs-mv.org

QUAD CITIES DINING TOUR COUPONS Great two-for-one deals to restaurants like: BBBS T-shirt and a Quad Cities Dining Tour coupon book for only

$25!

11th Street Precinct Bass Street Chop House Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse Dairy Queen Exotic Thai

Filling Station Ganzo’s Happy Joe’s Pizza Jersey Grille Kelly’s Irish Pub

Lagomarcino’s Noodles & Company Rivals SensAsian Wise Guys Pizza

...and many, many more! www.bbbsmv.org/qcdiningtour


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REGISTER YOUR PUTT TEAM EARLY!

Putt-A-Round January 18—20 Great River Hall

RiverCenter, Davenport

Presenting Sponsors:

CH T MA T IS GH AY, I N SD 17 E Y U T AR .M. U P JAN 5:00 AT

Register your Putt-A-Round Team by January 4th and be entered into a drawing for a Lexus Milwaukee get-away!

Early, paid registration by Jan. 4th, sponsored by: Get-away includes use of Lexus for the weekend, free tank of gas, 2-night stay at Heart of America Holiday Inn, dinner for two at Thunder Bay Grille and two Ticketmaster gift cards! Must register and pay by 1/4/17!

Join us for BBBS night at the Quad City Mallards! Friday, January 6 at 7:05 p.m.

Registration now open! Only $25 per person to play!

www.bbbsmv.org/putt For more information contact Kayla Kiesey at kkiesey@bbbs-mv.org or call 563-323-8006

$3 from each ticket sold will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley! Purchase tickets through Mallards from office or call Kayla 563-323-8006.

Come support the Mallards 20th Season! iWireless Center Moline, IL


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SHOPPING FOR A CAUSE CAN BENEFIT BBBS! Customized bangles, with 20% of purchase price going to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley! The holiday gift for your Little!!! Inspiration: The Big and Little Dipper The Big and Little Dipper—they were one of the first alignment of stars we were taught as children. Today, when we look to the sky, one of the first images we seek out are the Big and Little Dippers! They are always right where they are supposed to be to let us know everything is right in the universe. The Big and Little Dippers are inseparable and are always connected. The Alex and Ani Collection have created the Big/Little Dipper bracelet set in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters to illustrate the mission and values of our organization. The adult mentor is a constant in a child's life. They are always there in the hope of inspiring a child to pursue their dreams! This special design is available for or purchase with 20% of the proceeds going directly to BBBSMV and our one-to-one mentoring program.

GO TO www.bbbsmv.org, click on Donations then Alex & Ani

What is AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly 1 million organizations to support such as BBBS of the Quad Cities! How do I shop at AmazonSmile? To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to www.smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. Can I use my existing Amazon.com account on AmazonSmile? Yes, you use the same account on Amazon.com and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations? Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile? On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.

Check out our “shop for a cause” section in our Donations area of our website at www.bbbsmv.org


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Happy Holidays from all of us at Big Brothers Big Sisters. Thank you for what you do to support children in our community!

December 2016 Match Anniversaries! Child’s Name

Big’s First Name

Rayanna Caylie

Melissa Julie

Josephine Rodolfo

Big’s Last Name

Years Matched

Child’s Name

Big’s First Name

Big’s Last Name

Pajunen West

7 6

Angel

Ashley

Hendon

Morgan

Allison

Kuhn

Marlene Joe

Baltazor Moralez

6 5

Sylvia

Allison

Carter

Shanyah

Susan

Strub

Trence

John

Campbell

5

Dion

Roman

Visintine

Isaiah Kaitlyn

Robert Margaret (Megan)

Juarez Hasselroth

3 3

JaMarion

Perry

Jackson

Ronan

Glenn

Boyles

Seth

Bryce

Dexter

3

Kamorah

Stephanie

DeLacy

Dionte

Rickey

Peer

2

La'Breya

Anne

Rose

Andrew

Ben

Makovec

2

Hana

Elise

Dusek

Katie Brittany Brenda

Merritt Payne-Wells Seyller

Chris

Dave

Burnham

2

Isaac

Tom

Hannah

2

Talan

Ethan

Taylor

2

Shadae Ava Jenna

Kalea

Blythe

Leitch

2

Nola

Lindy

Giesler

Addison

Bernadene "Bernie" Bowles

2

Gracie

Linda

Sheley

Years

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR—DECEMBER

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

1

2

3

Holiday Service Project

4

Passport to the Holidays –19th Century Christmas and Winter Fest.

11

5k Club

12

19

26

8 Dance me a story

Village of East Davenport Christmas Walk and Christmas in Le Claire

9 Creativity Lab

15

10 Handel’s Messiah and Winter In Bloom

BBBS HOLIDAY PARTY!

16

17 Voyage to Vietnam

BBBS BAZAAR

Rock Island Arsenal Career Nav. Tour

20 Creation Studio

25

7

13 Family Craft Time 14

Creation Studio and Lego Lab

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Creation Studio

Care Pkg. Day

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23

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29

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31

Holiday Jammie Jam

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Noon Year’s Eve

OUT AND ABOUT IN THE COMMUNITY! DECEMBER Holiday Service Project: December 1 and 8 at 6:00 PM at the Moline Public Library at 3210 41st Street. Enjoy a holiday film and snacks while making cards and gifts for the elderly and earning service credits at the Library. No registration required. This is a Project Next Generation grant & bus passes are available upon request. This activity is for 4th–8th grades. Call 309-524-2470 for more information. Village of East Davenport Christmas Walk: December 2 and 3 from 6:00 PM– 9:00 PM at Village of East Davenport at 2107 East 11th Street. Meet classic holiday characters, get your face painted, and so much more at the Annual Christmas Walk. Don’t forget about the Winter Sparkle Fireworks at 9:00 PM. FREE! Christmas in LeClaire: December 2 and 3 from 10:00 AM-8:00 PM and December 4 from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Celebrate the season by visiting stations set-up throughout downtown LeClaire. Stop by Santa’s Gift Shop in the Civic Center to pick out 3 free gifts for family members. Call 563-289-4105 for more information. Care Package Day: December 3 from 10:30 AM-3:00 PM at the Family Museum. Support the Armed Forces by putting together care packages and making a card. Call 563-344-4106 for more information. Passport to the Holidays: December 4 from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM at the Quad City Botanical Center in Rock Island. Visit with Santa, listen to live music, make a craft or two, enjoy a hot cocoa bar, and learn about the plants at this holiday celebration! FREE. Contact 309-794-0991 for more information. 19th Century Christmas: December 4 from 12:00 PM-5:00 PM at Butterworth Center & Deere- Wiman House at 1105-8th Street in Moline. Enjoy refreshments, live music, face painting, and visits with Santa. FREE! Contact 309-743-2700 for more information. WinterFest: December 4 at 12:00 PM- 5:00 PM at the Family Museum. Celebrate the holiday season with crafts, displays, train rides, and more. A donation for the food pantry is all you need for admission. Call 563-344-4106 for more information. Creation Studio: December 5,12, and 19 from 3:00 PM-5:00 PM at Bettendorf Public Library. Drop-in and make in science, technology, art, or craft projects

for all ages. Call 563-344-4175 for more information. Dance Me a Story: December 7 from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM at the Davenport Public Library’s Eastern Avenue Branch. Enjoy a The Nutcracker performance by the Ballet Quad Cities. Call 563-326-7832 for more information. Creativity Lab: December 8 from 6:30 PM-7:30 PM at the Moline Public Library. Explore the creative process and experiment with art methods. Call 309-524-2470 for more information. Handel’s Messiah: December 10 from 7:00 PM-8:30 PM and 11 from 2:00 PM -3:30 PM at 3703 7th Ave in Rock Island. There are a limited number of free tickets for junior and senior high students. Call 309-794-7327 to reserve tickets. Winter in Bloom: December 10 and 11 from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM at Hauberg Center at 1300 24th Street in Rock Island. See the traditionally decorated historic home and enjoy scavenger hunts, crafts, and character meet and greets! Call 309-732-7666 for more information. Lego Lab: December 12 from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM and 18 from 6:30 PM-7:30 PM at the Moline Public Library. Come listen to awesome stories, and then test your skills as a Master Builder! Lego Lab offers time to free build as well as unique building challenges each month. All blocks are provided, so bring your imagination and a great attitude! Call 309-524-2470 for more information. Family Craft Time: December 13 from 6:00 PM-7:00 PM and 17 at 10:00 AM 11:00 AM at the Rock Island Public Library Southwest Branch at 9010 Ridgewood Road. Call 309-732-7338 to register before the event. Voyage to Vietnam- Lucky Kites: December 17 from 10:30 AM-3:00 PM at the Family Museum. Design and make a lucky kite to soar into the new year. This event is inspired by the exhibit Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival. Call 563-344-4106 for more information. Holiday Jammie Jam: December 21 from 6:00 PM- 7:00PM at the Family Museum. Wear pajamas while singing carols, sipping hot cocoa, and enjoying peppermint sticks. FREE! Call 563-344-4106 for more information. Noon Year’s Eve: December 31 from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Family Museum. Celebrate New Year’s for the younger set with music, noisemakers, hats, and a confetti drop at noon! Call 563-344-4106 for more information.

COACHES CORNER - DECEMBER 2016  

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley monthly newsletter, Coaches Corner. Filled with the current news and events from BBBSMV.

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