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Bob and Ann are a "Couples Match Made in Heaven" for Little Brother T'Anthony

Being a Big Couple means you have two perspectives at work to benefit the life of a child, says Bob, who mentors with his wife, Ann. Their Little Brother, T’Anthony, has had a challenging childhood, but is currently thriving and making gains both academically and socially.

“I appreciate the input from my wife, as it is possible to overlook important details about a child at risk,” Mr. Hoyt says. “The Little gets to see the interaction between a loving couple to see that stable families do exist.”

This match enjoys multiple sports, including what they call “soccerfrisbeeball” (soccer followed by basketball and Frisbee). T’Anthony loves science and wants to be a scientist. He enjoys outings with his Big Brother and Big Sister to the Pensacola MESS Hall and the National Museum of Naval Aviation.  

Bob and Ann – both of whom are retired Navy doctors — became T’Anthony’s “Bigs” in October. When they pick T'Anthony up to spend time together, the goal is to "do things that open his horizons, take him places he hasn’t been before,” Bob said.

They hope more adults will step forward to become Big Brothers and Big Sisters. “The time commitment is really just based on what you want to commit,” Ann said. “There are rewards for both the child and the volunteer. You will find that over time, you will want to do more.” 

Learn more about volunteering as a "Big Couple" with a spouse, friend or family member by calling one our local offices today: 

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