NKY woman creates Facebook page to help people support one another

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CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A Northern Kentucky woman has created a Facebook group to help people stay positive and give back to their communities.

Life Lifted: A Supportive Group for Positive Change is a place for people across the Tri-State to support each other, says its founder, Shelly Boutwell-Weber.

The Facebook group has reached just over 3,000 people across 11 countries. It’s a private group, but anyone can be added.

She started the page in 2019 but added over 1,000 members last year.

On the page, people are encouraged to reach out for support, share stories, and of course spread positivity.

“Really what I wanted to do with the Facebook group is create a ripple effect,” Boutwell-Weber said.

“I am only one person. I may be able to pull everyone together, but it’s the group cohesion, the group vision, that makes it work and that makes it stay that positive culture where people can stay safe and can have that positivity.”

The group also has promoted service throughout the community by donating and giving back to local food pantries and other organizations.

They have collected soup cans for GoPantry, provided bedding to emergency cold shelters and games to a local school.

The group also creates cards and packages each month for cancer patients, giving them something smile about during a difficult time.

Members also collected over a thousand items last year for Melissa’s Blessing Box located in Newport off Waterworks Road. It’s a food pantry where you give what you can and take what you need.

“It’s important to see this is a safe place to come, to get that positivity, to get that encouragement,” Boutwell-Weber said. “I mean I have gotten Facebook messages from people in the group who have said what you posted today really helped me and I don’t know if you knew that. So it’s those little things that makes big connections in this world.”

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