The relationships formed from Big Brothers Big Sisters are priceless. But in order for the matches to be possible, a small staff needs funds to operate.

The non-profit's small staff is tasked with supporting the 900 matches they serve. It is completely free for the children.

Each partnership between big and little costs about $1,000 a year.

"That's $900,000 we have to raise to support those matches with training, with background checks, different events we put on for those kids for those matches," said CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, Dog Kose.

Tuesday, BBBS kicked off a month-long campaign called Double my Donation. Corporate sponsors, like Pilot Flying J and Clayton Homes, are doubling every donation for the entire month.

They are already half way toward their goal, but hope to raise $60,000 total.

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There are more than 100 children waiting for a big brother or sister, most of them are males. If you are interested in making a difference with one-on-one mentoring in the life of child, visit www.tennesseebig.orgor call 865-523-2179.