Chords of Love: 'Nobody leaves not knowing that they're loved'

Loretta King (right) hugs Becca Campbell in thanks for all Chords of Love has done to help her through lung cancer treatments.
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BROWNSBURG, Ind. (WTHR) — The power of social media can be amazing, especially when it connects people for positive change.

That's what happened for a group of people who met through a Facebook page that was created to bring hope.

The group is called "Chords of Love," and it helps anyone who is disabled, a low-income senior, or battling a chronic or terminal illness like cancer.

Becca Campbell explains how she collects food, medical equipment and other items to help people who are struggling in Hendricks County.

Every inch of Becca Campbell's one-car garage is packed with donated items.

"They're really expensive, and a lot of patients can't afford the diapers," Campbell said.

Other items, even food, are donated by schools, churches and others.

Becca Campbell was inspired to start Chords of Love after losing her mom, Judi, and her husband, Charles, to cancer. (Courtesy: Becca Campbell)

For Campbell, this cause is personal. Her husband Charles died of cancer and so did her mother, Judi.

"Just that smile, and that tear at the end, stayed with me. So for me, I want to make sure that nobody leaves this earth, not knowing that they're loved," said Campbell.

"Anything that I needed, Becca was just right there," said recipient Loretta King, who has lung cancer.

Chords of Love has touched her life, and she knows the feeling of desperation.

Loretta King tears up as she tells Andrea Morehead how Chords of Love helped her through some of her most difficult times.

"There are people that need it worse than I do because they have nobody, they have absolutely nobody. They've exhausted all means of help they could get, you know, from the county and the utilities company, they can't help anymore than they can. And just the thought of somebody not having a place to live, it breaks my heart," said King.

The charity also uses donations to help pay for living expenses and medicine.

"We have medical equipment, if they need a walker, a wheelchair, a potty chair," said Gail Bennett, Chords of Love volunteer.

The chorus of giving has grown even louder with more community support.

Davis Homes spearheaded a food drive. Jerrod Kline, vice president of sales & marketing, lost his father to cancer.

"It makes the whole company, each individual employee, feel really good when they can give back to the community that we all live in," said Kline.

Davis Homes collected food and other items to help Chords of Love. (Courtesy: Davis Homes)

Other businesses pitched in to create gift bags with bath towels, socks, body wash and more.

Ashley Fletcher of Davis Homes was also touched by cancer. Her grandmother died from the disease. She introduced the non-profit to Kline.

"Hildegard bakery gave us two free donuts, Wylie's Ice Cream gave us two free scoops of ice cream, Green Street Dental gave us tooth brushes and toothpaste to put in the bag, and then Royal Title just nailed it with a whole bunch of candy, hot chocolate, tea, and coffee," said Fletcher.

Chords of Love has helped more than 2,000 people through some of the hardest times of their lives.

They are looking for more donations to help more people, maybe someone you know.

"It can be a little Visa card with $20 on it so they can pay to go back and forth to treatment," said Campbell. "Would you want them to suffer alone or would you hope that somebody would come to their rescue? Because a rescue is all anybody wants, and they don't want a hand out, they want a hand up."

Patients like Grace Jones, who was out of work for over two months from a work injury, give back to Chords of Love with gratitude.

"I'm a witness to God's love and can testify to the strength of the community. And when I connected with her, I swear I just took a breath and it was, 'Oh thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus.' And when they brought this food, and I mean, food for kings," said Jones.

"We are all put on this earth together and we're all a string, but if you put us together, we're gonna' make a medley," said Campbell.

She wants to raise enough money to buy a vehicle specifically used to deliver food and care packages to patients.

100 percent of the donations go directly to patients and those in needs.