• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Campbell wants to transform adversities into strengths


Strengthening women and transforming families has been Brittany Campbell’s focus for the last six years, she said.

An upcoming “Friendship Fest,” on Saturday, Oct. 27, will continue the mission of her nonprofit – Strengthening Transformations, Inc. – to rebuild lives. Families attending the event will receive hygiene bags filled with toothpaste, a toothbrush, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and/or soap to encourage self care. Kids will receive free haircuts and hairstyles, Campbell said.

Campbell, who grew up in Versailles, wants her nonprofit to transform adversities into strengths for women facing the life-changing challenges of substance abuse, teen pregnancy and domestic violence, which she said have touched her life.

Campbell was a teen mom – giving birth to her son when she was 17 years old, she said.

Campbell said she’s also been a victim of domestic violence and was nearly killed when her boyfriend was fatally shot in her car outside a Lexington karaoke bar seven years ago. She vividly remembers picking up her car – riddled with bullets – and being told there’s no way she should be alive.

Once Campbell came out of a deep depression after the death of her boyfriend, she said, “I knew I was here for a purpose.”

Her efforts to make a difference began with organizing a father-daughter dance at the Woodford County Detention Center on Valentine’s Day, Campbell said. The fourth annual father-daughter dance is scheduled Feb. 14, 2019.

Campbell said she has also organized a Back to School Bash at the detention center, and an Angel Tree event for inmates and their children.

Besides hosting a “Friendship Fest,” on Oct. 27, from 1 to 5 p.m., Strengthening Transformations will have a Halloween party for teens (grades 6 to 9) at M.C.’s Parties & Rentals on Macey Boulevard, from 7:30 to 10:30 that night. “Nightmare on Litty Street” will give kids that age something fun to do on Halloween, said Campbell. She said there will be giveaways for best, scariest and most creative costumes at the party.

“A lot of families I work with are low income,” Campbell said, “so I don’t want them to have to worry about anything – just (having) a good time. So all of my events were free,” even before she received her nonprofit status in May.

Campbell credits her community partners for donating food, drinks and haircutting/styling services for the events on Oct. 27. Visit strengtheningtransformations.com or its Facebook page for more information about its mission and upcoming events.

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