Rockville mother trying to raise funds for ministry

A mom is trying to get new vans for a Rockville ministry. (WFSB)

The power of prayer can make a big difference for many people, but one mother is asking for prayers, and donations to help children in Rockville.

Since 2008, Todd Schneider has been executive director of The Rock Ministry, which works out of the Church of the Nazarene on East Street in Rockville.

"Maybe some of the most satisfying things that can take place when we're trying to reach out to children and families,” Schneider said.

Each week, dozens of volunteers serve children in the community and give them a safe place to eat and hang out.

They even provide free transportation in town, but the vans are very old.

"Most of them are early 90's. I think we have a 1992 Ford, a 1994 Dodge, maybe a 1998 Dodge but, you know, they run,” Schneider said.

"I noticed the van was kind of old and it seemed like it was struggling to get up the hill and I figured winter was coming soon, so why not try to help and get them something safer for the children,” said Rockville resident Tanya LaFontaine.

Two of her four children get rides to The Rock, and after noticing the wear and tear on the vans, she set up a GoFundMe page where she is trying to raise $10,000 to buy at least one used van.

"I just figured they were helping our community, you know? So why not try to give back, see what I could do to help out as well,” LaFontaine said.

Schneider said he had no idea she started the online campaign but he considers the GoFundMe page, and LaFontaine, a divine intervention.

"Not that we need it but to hear from parents and to hear from the children and the parents that they appreciate what we're doing and that what we're doing is making a difference is just a huge blessing to me and our staff, very much,” Schneider said.

To make a donation to the GoFundMe, click here.

For more information on The Rocky Ministry, click here.

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