FOLLOW UP: Two non-profits needing vehicles to continue their ministries receive an unexpected gift

Fishermen's Ministry, Global Projects get wheels

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (WXYZ) - Two Detroit charities are celebrating after a story on WXYZ helped inspire a Good Samaritan to come forward to help them.

7 Action News told you about the transportation troubles facing The Fishermen's Ministry two weeks ago. 

Dr. Raymond Skowronski, Jr. – a dentist in Sterling Heights – emailed us after the story aired.

He had a Suburban that he wanted to donate to the Fishermen's Ministry.

CHARITIES NEEDING WHEELS

Gregory and Vivian Manns started the Fishermen's Ministry.  The non-profit organization brings food and supplies to the homeless on the streets of Detroit.

They had two vehicles.  But they needed to donate one because they couldn't afford to pay insurance on two.

So, they decided to give their back-up van to another charity – Global Projects.

One of Global Projects' programs mentors girls in the inner city who are being raised by either single moms or grandparents.

However, the van hand-off was put on hold when Fishermen's Ministry's primary set of wheels started running rough.

"It was not safe to drive," said Gregory Manns referring to their 1993 GMC Suburban.

PAYING IT FORWARD

Dr. Skowronski told 7 Action News that he has been blessed in his life and wanted to give back.

After he saw our report, he decided to help.

"It was time for me to part with this vehicle, but I knew somebody would be getting a good vehicle - especially the situation that he needed for distribution for food and other entities for the people that are in need," said Dr. Skowronski.

Our cameras were rolling when the keys and titles were exchanged.

The Manns hugged him and couldn't stop smiling.

"I wish that everyone was like him, and donate and help out people in the community who are trying to do great things for Detroit," said Gregory Manns.

Dr. Skowronski's good deed allowed the Fishermen's Ministry to donate their back-up van to Global Projects after all.

Global Projects' Founder Dr. Sabrina Black was beaming when she received the keys.

"The girls will be very excited about receiving this donation. When they saw the story on television they said, ‘There's our van!'" she laughed.

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