Thirteen-year-old Bella is creative and girly, and loves to go bike riding, put on make-up and play Minecraft. Bella’s mother, Laine, referred her to the Big Brothers Big Sisters program while they were living in Alaska, where she truly enjoyed being a Little Sister. When Bella and Laine moved to Sacramento they knew close to no one, and Bella suddenly found herself without a Big Sister.
That is when Sunnie came into Bella’s life, after the two were paired together by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Sacramento Area in 2016. They instantly connected and have been inseparable ever since. Sunnie came to Big Brothers Big Sisters searching for a hands-on way to give back to the community. As a child, Sunnie adored her two little brothers, but had always dreamed of having a little sister. Sunnie’s desire for a little sister never really went away, and the day she met Bella she knew that she had finally found a Little Sister who would enjoy the same things she did, and who could benefit from the love and guidance she was eager to give.
Bella and Sunnie have become well-known in the Big Brothers Big Sisters community for their fun-loving personalities and many selfies together. These two do everything side-by-side, from baseball games, scavenger hunts, bowling and even a ride on a sailboat! “But I’d have to say our most favorite thing to do together is blast Spotify and sing karaoke at the top of our lungs,” says Sunnie.
Sunnie and Bella have developed a bond that is full of laughter, but also incredibly meaningful to both of them. “What I’ve learned from Sunnie is to be a role model and to make a difference no matter how small it is,” says Bella. “The best part of having a Big Sister is to be able to talk to someone if times are rough and to have someone to connect with.”
Both Sunnie and Bella look forward to continuing to build their relationship, and to everything they will accomplish in the future. “My hope for Bella is that she is forever happy, always blessed, and consistently given the opportunities she deserves,” says Sunnie. “I feel so fortunate to be one of the adults in her life that gets to walk next to her on her journey into adulthood and beyond.”