IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - One local family is using social media for good. The Facebook page "Idaho Falls Blessings'" is connecting those in the community who are in need, with those that can help.
The Tiblow family is behind the Facebook page. Tesra Tiblow wanted to help the community, but due to health issues, she wasn't able to go out much.
"I was praying and reading my bible nonstop just asking God to be able to use me still somehow," says Tiblow.
The page now has more than 4,000 members, something she didn't expect.
"It's overwhelming. I get really emotional about it because like I said, I didn't expect it. I didn't know if anything would come of it. I didn't know if it would go over a hundred people but I figured if even two or three people are blessed out of that, then that's enough."
You can get on the page and say what you need and members come together to try to help. From material things to just a shoulder to lean on.
One of her daughters even started an identical page for Pocatello.
"My husband and I moved to Pocatello and we decided to do the same thing and my mom said you can do it. And I said I don't think so, and she said go for it," says Macall Moore.
They also do blessing bags.
"They contain simple comfort items, hygiene items, we usually include a scripture book and a blessings tag," says Moore.
They say their house is always open, something Gabrielle knows firsthand.
"I was staying at a friend's house who wasn't doing very well, they were into drugs and I didn't want to put myself or my baby in jeopardy," says Gabrielle Gould, who is staying at the Tiblow's home.
She says she didn't have much for her baby, but thanks to the page she does.
"I now have a bassinet, I have a swing, I have a car seat and a stroller, everything for a baby thanks to the blessings page."
Gabrielle had her baby today. A healthy girl named Lilyaunna.
The youngest Tiblow daughter, Megan, also got involved. She started by building a box outside of the home with canned goods so people can stop by and get what they need. Megan says she deals with anxiety problems and wanted to give those who may have the same issue a chance to still get help.
They say no matter what religion anyone can join. Whether you need help or would like to help others. Here are the links:
They will also be accepting donations for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Those that donate will be entered into raffles.