Lilly Friesel (l) and Lori Fetheroff (r) show off the special shirts they wore while participating in the Putnam County Big Brothers/Big Sisters Bowlathon. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
Lilly Friesel (l) and Lori Fetheroff (r) show off the special shirts they wore while participating in the Putnam County Big Brothers/Big Sisters Bowlathon. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)

PANDORA— Kathy Sehlhorst, Columbus Grove, has been a ‘big sister’ for two years. It is a volunteer service that she really enjoys. She has two ‘little sisters’ who enjoy coming to her home and cooking, doing crafts, or reading stories.

Sehlhorst is a big sister with Putnam County Big Brothers/Big Sisters. She signed on to be a volunteer with the program two years ago.

‘My husband and I had been foster parents, but then circumstances changed and we don’t do that anymore,” Sehlhorst said. “So I thought being a big sister would be a great idea.”

Sehlhorst is a big sister to sisters McKiley and Ashton Bermudez, both of Columbus Grove.

“It’s a lot of fun,” said McKiley when asked about the time she spends with her big sister. She said she most enjoys going to the Sehlhorst home and baking. “We also make rubber band bracelets and do a lot of other stuff,” McKiley said.

Sehlhorst and the Bermudez sisters were bowling together last Saturday at the Sports Center Lanes in Pandora during one of two events scheduled for the Putnam County Big Brothers/Sisters Bowlathon.

Another bowlathon is set for this Saturday at Ottawa Highland Lanes.

Also bowling last Saturday were Big Sister Lori Fetheroff, Ottawa, and her Little Sister Lilly Friesel, Pandora. The two have been matched for several months.

“I like the program because I can work our time together around my schedule,” said Fetheroff, She said they have gone skating, bowling and visited the corn maze last fall.”

Friesel said she most enjoyed when they went to eat out at The Red Pig Inn. “that was fun,” Friesel said.

Putnam County Big Brothers/Big Sisters of West Central Ohio serves Allen, Hardin and Putnam counties. There are two types of matches made by the agency including the school-based program and the community-based program.

In the school-based program bigs and littles meet once a week in schools, and or at lunch to talk and have fun.

The community-based program is when Bigs and Littles meet two to four times and month, with the time spent together being flexible.

Melissa Weaver is in charge of the Putnam County school-based program and also does the Putnam County community based program with Mandy Mellot. Weaver said they currently have 47 school-based matches and 23 community-based matches.

There are 11 children on the waiting list as Littles hoping a Big Sister or Brother will volunteer to spend time with them.

Anyone interested in being a volunteer or signing up their child for the program may call 419-523-4016.