Child of the Week: Alex

Alex1_webA short red Mohawk haircut tops Alex’s blond head. His big brown eyes and a soon-to-be-front-toothless grin express his delight as he says how he wants a Big Brother to take him to the park. He specifies Granite Creek Park, “because it has a big slide.” His future Big can share his joy by giving Alex a little push to start him on the swing, then slowing Alex down a bit so he can leap off. Alex doesn’t like to jump from too high. After all, he’s only six.

Alex lives in Prescott with his mom and three older siblings. The family has been through some difficult times, and is adjusting to better circumstances. Each of his sisters – one of whom is barely a year older than Alex –  have a Big Sister for that few hours a month of special attention, and Alex has been waiting patiently for his Big Brother, but is getting anxious for a match to happen, even though he idolizes his 17-year-old brother. Alex wants to be his brother, not be like him, his mom says. Together they like to barbecue burgers, hot dogs and ribs. Alex emphatically states that his most favorite food is ham, but cheese and bacon make everything better.

Alex likes playing combat-style video games and says when he grows up he will go into the Army and wear Army clothes. For now, the kindergartner is content to wear his Big Guys Rule T-shirt. The creative not-so-big guy recently designed a “new tattoo” for his mom, drawing her with a golden crayon.

The family has two dogs, a cat and a big corn snake. He likes the pets, but is honest about his role. “I play video games and they do the hard work of changing the (snake’s) tank,” Alex says. He also says his favorite animal is the cheetah, but that he can’t draw one yet.

Anyone interested in being a Big to Alex or another child, or in referring a potential Little, can call Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters at 928-778-5135, or use the button below. Or, if you can’t be a Big, how about supporting a Big? The Arizona State Tax Credit is one way to do so. YBBBS always can use volunteer office help and has other ways people can be involved, as well. Go ahead – pick up the phone and call today.

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