While it's often said that it takes a village to raise a child, the tables have been turned in the case of one caring Fort Lauderdale resident. Ms. Essie Reed, known to all as "Big Mama", is busy helping raise many of "the village's" less fortunate children.
Big Mama has three sons of her own, Christopher, Brennan, and Sam. The Reed family experienced hard times of its own after being abandoned by the boy's father when Christopher was only one month old. "We lived in a fish market for a while," says Sam, "so we know what it's like to have no home." Brennan added, "Our experience made us realize how important it is to help others in need." All three of Big Mama's sons help out in many ways, from directing the Boys' Step Team and running errands to driving neighborhood kids to school each day.