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Jefferson Award Winner Delania Heller uses Facebook to serve needy in the community

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Delania Heller is this month's Jefferson Award winner for helping the needy through her Facebook Page.

Delana Heller is this month's recipient of a Jefferson Award.

She created a Facebook page after seeing a need in the area for things ranging from winter coats and gas money to diapers and baby formula.

Her group has over 2000 members who both ask for what they need but donate items for their fellow neighbors.

Delania hosted a holiday lunch for the families she helps through her Facebook page. She says especially during the holidays they could use some extra love.

"I had been at my low and that low was when I discovered a few people came out and helped me and I wanted to give back. I went through a very bitter divorce with four kids, one of them special needs and lived in a one bedroom apartment," said Delania.

The Facebook page accepts messages on its wall for everyone to see but if a person in need is too ashamed to ask for help publicly they can reach out to Delania directly.

"If a member wants to message me privately and say 'Hey I'm embarrassed…I don't want anyone to know I don't have any food today,' it's OK. One thing I have found out as the year has progressed was that they can go out there and they are starting to find a sense of community that they are not alone," said Delania.

Torrence Chester is Delania's boyfriend and father to their five-year-old daughter says he knows the power of her giving heart because he too benefitted from meeting her.

"At my lowest point I felt that nobody cared, that I was all alone. I met her of course and I just started being more positive and moving forward as best I could," said Torrence.

Delania has been known to go above and beyond for people in need. Just recently someone ran out of gas and posted on her Facebook page about the need. She quickly responded and delivered them a gas card. They couldn't believe she would do this and asked her why she does what she does.

"I've been there and we just want to help," said Delania.

To join Delania's Facebook group send her a message through the Facebook page, "Everyone Needs a Helping Hand." She typically responds within twenty-four hours.

Heather Armstrong

Heather anchors Live at 5 and co-anchors the weekday 6 & 10 PM newscasts

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