Milton mother Latoya Cook was gifted a car by God’s Way Ministries Inc. July 27, at Rehoboth’s God’s Way Thrift Store.
The car was given to Cook as a part of God’s Way’s Cars for Moms outreach. Cook, who was not aware that she had been selected, said receiving the car was “a blessing on top of blessings.” Cook’s family had told her she was going out to eat instead of being gifted a car, which added to the surprise.
God’s Way Ministries Executive Director Carrie Wood said she and her husband, Roger, have been working in the community for over 20 years. They asked themselves, “What can we do that’s hands-on within our community? What is a really big need?”
They came up with the Cars for Moms outreach. A single mom within the community is referred to them and then, after an application process, they are selected to be gifted a car. Part of the proceeds for the car come from God’s Way Thrift Store, said Wood.
La’Vonne Singletary, Cook’s sister and a family crisis therapist at Milton Elementary School, referred her sister to Wood. As a therapist, Singletary works particularly with families who are in need, whether they are in need of help paying rent, getting cars, etc. She says she wants kids to be able to come to school to learn and be academically successful, with nothing hindering that.
Wood said she felt blessed to have Singletary as a referral, since she and her husband like to focus more on children and where they have a need.
The car Cook received was purchased from Cash Cars in Milford. Roger Wood said it was his fifth time buying a car from them, and they had never had an issue.
“The reason we’re able to do it is through donations that come in from the thrift store,” Carrie Wood said.
Another good way for people to help with this cause, she said, is by volunteering at the store. There is not a set schedule. To volunteer, call God’s Way Thrift Store at 302-227-2314 and request to speak to store manager Robin Evans to set up a time.