LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The social media site and app SWLA Connected allows Southwest Louisiana residents to stay up-to-date with their communities and neighborhoods.
Lake Charles resident Peggy Woodson is taking advantage of all the resources the site has to offer.
"You feel like you've been violated," Woodson said. "So, the first thing I did was get mad, and then I decided to get busy."
She started using the website for more than just a neighborhood watch.
"So many people develop a disease, and they don't know anyone else who has it, and they think they're totally alone," she said.
"We don't know anyone in Lake Charles who has [hemochromatosis], but I know they have other people here who have it, because his doctor treats them."
"This is my effort to bring those people together," she said.
She created fliers and business cards advertising for the groups she created and brings them to doctors' offices and blood donation centers. Woodson hopes this will help others who suffer from those diseases, and it will get more people of Southwest Louisiana to sign up on the site and app to stay connected and create stronger communities.
SWLA Connected is also on the app store for your smartphone! It's free to download and you can sign-up on it too.