App helps families

Krystal Barber, News Assistant

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Purposity, a new app meant to help students and families in need, recently became available in the Lewiston School District.
The app sends a weekly notification to the users phone about someone in their area who is in need. It will tell the user who the person is, where they are, and what they need. Once the phone gets the notification in the app it can be decided if they are going to help the person in need.
The app includes stories about the child in need, written by someone who works with them, such as a school social worker or school counselor. Lewiston school district social worker Stephanie Bodden has seen many needs from the app fulfilled. She has said that there are 856 users of Purposity in the app saying its effectiveness is so good that “Almost all of our needs have been met by that evening” meaning the day they are put on the app.
There are a number of ways the community is asked to help, it would be anything from providing a mattress for a child whose mother can’t afford one, to buying shoes for a kid in foster care who has none, or getting school supplies for a family that cannot obtain them. The app costs nothing to download or but the user has to pay for the item needed. It is stated clearly in the app how much the item will cost, all that has to be done is to pay and Purposity deals with purchasing and shipping the item.
If someone joins Purposity and decides they no longer want to receive weekly messages all they will have to do is text “STOP” and will no longer receive notifications. The app originated in Atlanta, GA, and is quickly spreading to new cities with the intention of helping those in need.

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