Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine has turned to letter writing to keep their Bigs and Littles connected.

It's a challenging time for all of us, unable to gather with family and friends due to concerns over spreading COVID-19. I believe it's even more challenging for kids, who can't go to class or play on local playgrounds. So it must be even harder for the children of Big Brothers Big Sisters, who can't get together with some of the people they rely on the most - their mentors. The program pairs children up with adults who act as positive role models and friends.

So the organizers came up with the perfect way for the Bigs and Littles to stay in touch, through a pen pal program they call 'Bigger Together.' Writing the letters is good practice and gives the children something fun and educational to do. Plus, it provides something for them to look forward to, as they await the return letters from their Bigs.