Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ellis County had a “big” holiday party Saturday, Dec. 15 at Mid-Way Regional Airport for the “Bigs,” and the “Littles” they mentor.

The 10 matches in attendance were brought together by the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Each pair had the time of their life playing Santa Bingo, singing Christmas carols and each child left with a holiday present.

Bill Ervin and Heather Buchanan of MotionAir Flight Training School located at Mid-Way Regional Airport in Midlothian, helped host the event at the airport. They not only provided cookies and toy “glider” airplanes but also treated each child to a 10-minute session in the flight simulator used to train future pilots.

“The Littles had a blast and were actually really good at flying,” said Holly Lerner, recruitment coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters. “There may be some future pilots here in Ellis County!”

Big Brothers Big Sisters wishes to give a “big” thank you to Sonic for providing hamburgers, Walmart for the gift card used for drinks, chips, and cookies; The Oaks church for donating gifts; and to Heather, Bill, and the rest of the staff at MotionAir for everything they did to make this Christmas memorable for the matches in Ellis County.

“We couldn’t have done it without you,” said Julie Thompson, match support specialist.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a donor-supported non-profit agency. The Big Brothers Big Sisters program is about having fun and being a consistent friend to a child. Volunteers can participate in the school-based program (one lunch period a week) or the community-based program (visiting your Little Brother or Sister outside of the school setting a minimum of two times a month).

For more information on volunteering or to donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters, contact Diana Phillips at 972-573-2420 or