January 28, 2018: COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo – With the help of Sibshops, an international sibling-support network, 11-year-old Maddie Hollister can bond with kids who get what she’s all about.
“I’m here because my sibling has special needs and it’s a place to have fun and talk about things that I don’t want to talk about with my other friends,” said Hollister.
Hollister attends a Sibshop session once a month. During that time, she gets to meet other children who also have a sibling with special needs.
“They know how I feel,” said Hollister.
However, joining Sibshops doesn’t mean that Hollister doesn’t love her sister. In fact, she wishes more people would get to know her.
“Some people don’t get her, so they point and gossip about her and it makes me sad that people don’t get her,” said Hollister.
It’s just a way for her and other kids to relate to one another and ultimately make that sibling bond a little stronger.
“I really love her and she’s my best friend in the whole world,” said Hollister.