Aloha Friends,
        Since I am collecting extra Seva stories over the holiday season in celebration of giving and receiving, but I haven’t received a story in a few days,  today’s Seva story  #29 comes from me (Johanna). Seva means selfless service for the benefit of community and the environment. I am collecting these stories so we can share inspiration, ideas, entertainment and to spread positive news.  For about ten years I was a big sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Their mission “is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. We partner with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in the community, and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships, while also avoiding risky behaviors and achieving educational success.” 
           I had four girls and one boy at separate times over a ten year span.  It was fun coming up with activities to do with my “little”, like arts and crafts, movies, Maui Ocean center, lunches, beach time, gingerbread house making, Ulalena performance, Atlantic submarine tour, a rodeo, snorkel cruise,  fun factory etc. I got to do things that I probably would not have signed up for if I wasn’t volunteering to be a mentor. I highly recommend the program, it’s meaningful to enhance a young person’s life while having fun at the same time. Please share your Seva story with me so we can spread the Seva! Aloha, Mahalo, Namaste,  Johanna Waters