by Mike Dougherty

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Big Brothers and Big Sisters took over Franklin Square in Old City Sunday to host a picnic for littles and their families.

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It was Sunday Funday at the Square. Face painting, balloon animals, and carousel rides all for free thanks to Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence.

Director of development Michelle Miller says it doesn’t get much better than seeing all these smiles.

“This is probably one of my favorite days of the year. I don’t think that you could come here and not be happy. There’s so much joy happening. It’s awesome to witness,” she said.

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Michael Phillips has been a big brother for five years and loves spending time with his little at events like this.

“Oh it’s just a blast. Justin and I get a chance to hang out outside, throw the football around. We just played massive Jenga,” said Phillips.

“I’m a very physical person. Like he said, we throw the football around. We have fun,” said Justin.

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Justin just graduated from high school and will be heading to college to study engineering in the fall.