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WICHITA, Kansas — Big Brothers Big Sisters serves children from the time they enter kindergarten through the time they graduate high school, but for so many matches, those relationships don’t end there.
That goes for “Little” Jonathan Sherman. He lost touch with the Wells family. Then, one day the phone rang.
“He says, I’m getting married and I said, ‘Oh, who’s the lovely lady?'” said Randy Wells, former Big Brother.
It was Lucia. Jonathan’s high school sweetheart who just so happened to be a former Little herself.
“Wanting them to be at the wedding with us was a big thing because they had been kind of second parents to me,” said Jonathan Sherman, Former Little Brother.
The match started when Jonathan was 10 years old. He was new to Wichita and exposed to things no child should see.
“There was a shooting down the street from where he lived, and he’d hear gunshots at night,” said Randy.
Randy, Marilyn and Troy Wells came into his life at just the right time.
The next several years were filled with family dinners, sporting events and hunting and fishing trips.
“If you’re up rooting, you don’t have memories anywhere that was one of the biggest things with the Wells is I’ve got these memories now,” said Jonathan.
Memories they talk about and laugh about to this day as they continue to be a part of each others lives.
Big Brothers Big Sisters hopes others will follow their lead and rediscover these relationships through the Reunite Now Campaign.
This experience has encouraged Jonathan and Lucia to consider becoming Bigs themselves.
“It is easily the least we could do knowing how big of an influence it made on us.”
The Wells will tell you that influences goes both ways. It started 16 years ago when their family grew by one and now two.
“He was a great, great kid to work with, and he’s a fine young man now. Very proud of what he’s done,” said Randy.