Volunteering is something near and dear to my heart. It started in high school when I volunteered to coach youth cheerleading. I continued coaching cheerleaders throughout college while at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. When I moved to Abilene to work in TV news, I found out about the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. I signed up right away. For three years I mentored and built a unique relationship with my little sister in Abilene. We turned into great friends and explored Abilene together.  I ended up moving to Kentucky for two years to explore a bigger TV market. While I was there, I knew I wanted to get involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization again. I was matched up with a new little sister, where we explored Kentucky together. When I moved back to Abilene in December to anchor the evening news, I knew it'd be difficult to volunteer on a regular basis. I came up with the idea to highlight the many volunteers in the Big Country who take the time to help others or improve the lives of others. It's a way for me to stay connected to volunteering. I still volunteer at different events in Abilene to give back to my community. I really enjoy sharing the stories of the generous people in the Big Country who have the biggest hearts. You can watch my Big Hearts in the Big Country series every Thursday night on KTAB News at 10. There are always previews on KTAB News at 5 and 6.

If you know of someone making a difference in the Big Country, please let me know about them. You can contact me by email at bpelletz@ktab.tv. You can always find me on Facebook and @BrittanyonTV via Twitter.

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