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Big Brothers Big Sisters duo turns an ordinary wall into something to look at

By Special to the Monitor

Editor’s note: Fran and Donny asked that their last names not be used in this story.

Fran and Donny have been matched for two and a half years in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in Los Alamos. Fran wanted someone to share her creative side with and Donny is a child with a creative side, so the two are a great match.
The duo has been working on a truck project together. The project started when Ken Nebel, owner of Village Arts moved to DP Road. Nebel saw the white side of the building as a blank canvas, but Fran an Donny saw an opportunity to spruce it up.
Using their imaginations, the pair saw a window on the building and figured they could transform it into something creative.
 The result of their efforts turned the wall into the front of a semi truck. The process was laborious. First, they measured the wall and drew it to scale, using drafting techniques. They were able to find several trucks on the Internet that had the angle that fit the building window angle.
 They drew the truck onto an overlay, over their scale drawing. Next, they placed a grid on the drawing and then on the wall using a chalk line, finally transferring the drawing to the wall and then painting in the truck.  
For the window, they decided to hang some wiper blades on it that they took off of a junk car.
In an effort to form a bond, Fran and Donny have done all kinds of things together that range from changing a flat tire and geo cashing, to making jam and building a garden bridge.
They try to get together once a week for a few hours. The Big Brothers Big Sisters program also has group activities for the Bigs and Littles.
Last month, matches spent the day at Ghost Ranch, hiking, swimming and playing games.
 “If you think you would like to share your life experiences and your knowledge I can’t think of a better way than mentoring a young person,” Fran said. “Just a few hours a week can make a big difference in a child’s life — and the volunteer’s life.”
She said Big Brothers Big Sisters matches children and adult volunteers based on mutual interests and the organization contacts volunteers monthly to see if they need help or guidance.
“This program is recommended to anyone who wants to make a positive impact on our young people,” Fran said.
For more information call 505-983-8360 or visit www.bbbs.org/northernNM.