Restauranteur's burger benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters in Houston

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Restaurant owner steps up to help Big Brothers Big Sisters backlog

Big Brothers and Big Sisters has helped thousands of boys and girls here in southeast Texas. But some kids are waiting up to a year to be matched to someone.

Now one local restaurant owner is stepping up for these kids, and hoping you'll do the same.

The organization says it all comes down to resources, needing more volunteers and more money.

Jaylyn was only 6 years old when he was matched with Pierce Bush. He's 13 now, and Bush went from being a volunteer to CEO for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Houston.

"And I think it was on the first outing when I realized that because of Jaylyn, my life was not going to be the same," Bush says.

It's the type of friendship the organization strives to achieve. But over the years, it has been tough getting volunteers.

"We have about 900 kids on our waiting list in the Greater Houston area," Bush says.

Some children wait as long as a year. But the other hurdle is money.

"So there's a constant need for us to staff up to get more funding to support our staff," he says.

Chad Glauser is hoping to make a dent. He's the owner of Jerry Built, and has partnered up with the organization to give back.

For the next year, if you buy their Big Kahuna burger, $1 will be go back to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

By the way, these delicious burgers were actually built by volunteers and the little ones supported by the organization.

"These are kids coming from lower income families, sometimes single parent homes," Glauser says. "We want to support people that don't have a voice."

It's a step in the right direction. So far, they have raised $7,500 but their goal is $30,000. It's a small number for such a big cause.
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