Give a Little: Windish Family

A busy family of six still finds time to make a difference in the life of 13-year-old Javelle

WICHITA, Kansas – With four kids between the ages of eight and 16, the Windish family is always on the go, but it hasn’t kept them from finding time to give back through Big Brothers Big Sisters. In this month’s Give a Little, we show you how they’re a making a difference in Javelle’s life and how he’s doing the same for them.

“You guys will be playing Mech Mayhem. It’s a free for all, everyone for themselves.”

A few last-minute instructions from the folks at Fireshark Gaming sound unfamiliar to the Windish family. Tom, Christy, Luke, Drew, Lainey and Cameron do a lot of things as a team. They chose to join Big Brothers Big Sisters as a family match.

“It doesn’t always have to be something extra and special,” Tom told us. “And so with the family match, we can find that it will fit into our everyday activities.”

On this day, they tried out a new interactive experience that puts actual people inside a video game. Little Brother, Javelle, was happy to join the fun.

“I’m going after anybody,” he said with a smile.

And that meant taking aim at the family he’s shared a bond with for more than two years.

“They’re nice, fun,” he said.

He’s a man of few words who prefers to let his actions do the talking, and those actions show an 8th grader who’s made tremendous strides since teaming up with the Windishes.

“Javelle is doing better in school; that was one of the first things we talked about,” Tom said proudly.

Javelle added, “They keep me out of trouble; they’re a good influence.”

But Tom and Christy know their kids are gaining an equally valuable influence.

“I see them appreciating what we have,” Tom said. “I see them appreciating a different point of view that Javelle brings to our family and that was important to me.”

So this mano a mano competition was short lived. As they left the battlefield, it was back to being a team… a team of seven, not six. And it will take a lot more than a sword-swinging robot to tear them apart.

“This is something that will go well beyond Big Brothers, Big Sisters,” Tom said, “and Javelle will be a part of our family for a long time to come.”

If you’d like more information on becoming at Big, just call 1-888-KS-4-BIGS, or go to http://www.kansasbigs.org.

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