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by Sherry Williams / KHOU 11 News
Posted on March 30, 2012 at 5:35 PM
Updated Friday, Mar 30 at 6:20 PM

HOUSTON – Big Brothers/Big Sisters needs your help. Right now, there are 750 kids waiting for mentors.

KHOU 11 News’ Sherry Williams recently met with a man who answered the call years ago, and he’s hoping his story will inspire others to do the same.

Pierce Bush became Jaylyn Williams’ Big Brother three years ago, when Jaylyn was six.

"Around my neighborhood, we don’t really have a lot of good men," Jaylyn said.

He and Bush like to play football, go to the zoo and attend Astros games together.

And if you’re thinking something about Bush seems familiar, it’s probably because he looks an awful lot like his uncle, former President George W. Bush.

"My dad is Neil Bush. My mom is Sharon Bush," Bush said. "We’re all children of God, and you know, so it doesn’t matter."

And now, Jaylyn, a precocious kid from the Fifth Ward, is part of the Bush bunch, too.

"I think he’s just a regular person, like me. Because we both do things, and it seems like we’re both childs," Jaylyn said.

"We have a brotherly bond, and I think we really look out for each other," Bush said.

Their strong connection chokes Bush up.

"My grandparents call him their 18th grandkid. They’ve – we’ve become really …. This is where I’m going to get emotional, but you know, we’ve become really close. We’ll just say that," Bush said through tears.

He’s also become close to Jaylyn’s mom and other family members.

"[I’m] close with his grandma. She’s a really wonderful lady, also, and his Uncle Damon and Aunt Keisha," Bush said.

The folks at Big Brothers/Big Sisters stress that anyone who has a clean background and can spare two hours every other week should apply to be a mentor.

"This program is about regular people helping at-risk kids. Even if you were, say, at-risk yourself, and you’re trying to make a difference in your own life. Think about how much more you would have to offer a child who was in a similar situation," Stephanie Palmer of Big Brothers/Big Sisters said.

Bush’s official Big Brother-Little Brother relationship ends when Jaylyn turns 18. But unofficially, there’s no end in sight.

"We are brothers," Bush said. "I can’t wait for the moment when my kids have the opportunity to meet their incredible uncle, who is now nine, Jaylyn."

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