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Love Your Neighbors Leon is helping Tallahassee nonprofits connect to those in need

Posted at 11:54 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 23:54:47-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A community organizer in Tallahassee created a Facebook page with the goal of connecting people to the resources they need to make it through the coronavirus pandemic.

Kelly Otte started 'Love Your Neighbors Leon' on Saturday, and thought it would reach about 500 people.

There was a huge outpouring of support, and now, 2,000 members are part of the private group.

"One of the big decisions that we made is that it's not a public group, which means that people have to be approved in order to join," said Otte. "The reason why we're doing that is that we really only want this to be for nonprofits who are local, so we can absolutely know with certainty that they are legitimate nonprofits serving people in the community."

What started as a digital idea is already making a big difference for people living at Brehon Family Services.

"Normally, I just have one stroller, a one-seater, it's actually breaking apart," said Diamond Rasheed, a Brehon Family Services client. "And I love the two-seater, because I can pack a lot of stuff in there and go to the grocery store, cause I don't have a car."

Helping this mom protect her kids. The center's executive director , Jackie Malone, says she hopes that the connections made through Love Your Neighbors Leon will have a lasting effect.

"The more partners in the community, the better," Malone said.

That's what Otte says her group is all about.

"That's what I really hope," said Otte. "I really hope that we just see a constant stream of need, and here it is for you. That's what I want to see."