Lions Club donates $40k van to Big Brothers Big Sisters

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Kids bolted out of Big Brother Big Sisters' afterschool enrichment program at Oliver Hill Monday afternoon. They lept down the stairs and within seconds were seated in a new van, ready for their field trip.

"That was so wonderful for them," BBBS's Beth Reedy said. "It's the first thing out of their mouth. They say, 'Are we going on a field trip, where we going today?' We love it."

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Virginia reached out to the Lions Club last year about their need for a new van, and Lions Club members started fundraising.

"We could not do this without the support from organizations like the Lions Club," Director of Development Josh Thoemke said. "It allows us to use our budget for other things and not have to worry about spending $40,000 on the van. To have that allows us to let our money go farther."

Reedy says BBBS tries to take the kids to places they wouldn't ordinarily visit, experiences designed to broaden their horizons.

As for the "Littles," 10-year-old Leana -- who, in full disclosure, is paired in the program with the reporter on this piece -- says that they are happy to have the new ride.

"It's bigger than the one we had before, and it's more comfortable," she said.

For more information, visit Big Brothers Big Sisters of SW Virginia's website.