Knoxville woman starts pay it forward campaign on Facebook

Knoxville woman starts pay it forward campaign on Facebook

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"My life is no longer about myself, it's about everyone else around me," Kim Cantrell said. "My life is no longer about myself, it's about everyone else around me," Kim Cantrell said.
"We were in a situation that we couldn't get out of," Wendy Hudson said. "We were in a situation that we couldn't get out of," Wendy Hudson said.
"On 5th and Gay Street where the church is, is where we were sleeping at and trying to keep Mama just as warm as possible," says Pam Atkins, Wendy's daughter. "On 5th and Gay Street where the church is, is where we were sleeping at and trying to keep Mama just as warm as possible," says Pam Atkins, Wendy's daughter.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville woman is using Facebook to help the community. It's called "Knoxville Pays it Forward", and it's a group of about 400 members doing just that.

Kim Cantrell was inspired to start the page after she spent some time feeding the homeless in downtown Knoxville.

Since then, she says her whole life has changed for the better, and she hopes to pay it forward.

"My life is no longer about myself, it's about everyone else around me," Kim Cantrell said.

The page connects local people with various needs to those who are willing to help. Members can post anything from lost and found items, to upcoming fundraisers or immediate assistance needed. The goal is simple.

"It makes such a difference to help somebody else. I'm blessed, I want to share my blessings with somebody else," Cantrell said.

Wendy Hudson, 83, is one of the people getting help thanks to the page.

"We were in a situation that we couldn't get out of," Hudson said.

Last week, Cantrell found Hudson and her children sleeping outside in downtown Knoxville.

"It was cold," Hudson said.

"On 5th and Gay Street where the church is, is where we were sleeping at and trying to keep Mama just as warm as possible," says Pam Atkins, Wendy's daughter.

Kim made a plea for help on the Facebook page. It worked.

"We have gotten her into a hotel room, eating hot meals, and this week she's on her way back to Oklahoma. She had gotten stranded in Knoxville," Cantrell said.

"She's a real nice lady," Hudson said.

"She's done everything that she can possibly do to help us," Atkins said.

The only thing Cantrell asks in return is for others to pay it forward.

"I think charity starts local, charity starts at home, the more we can do here the better. So if everybody just did a small amount then we can make a big difference in Knoxville itself," Cantrell said.

Cantrell also started the campaign to get people to wear orange in support of Pat Summitt after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011.

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