Pastor Charlie Muller wins third grant to help out kids
It's about to get easier for kids to join in on after school activities, thanks to Pastor Charlie Mueller's third contest win. This time, with the help of a fellow Enough volunteer. Our Megan Eaton has the story on how the money will help the Albany community.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Jordan Perez and her friends make up Conviction, a local step team. But getting their big group to performances isn't as easy as stomping their feet.
"A lot of people don't have rides, can't take the bus, don't have cars, we can't get there," Perez said.
Getting kids in Albany to organized activities is a task Pastor Charlie Muller has taken head on. His Enough program already had one trolley shuttling kids after school to activities geared towards keeping them out of trouble and off the street. But it just wasn't enough.
"We had too many kids. We couldn't fit enough kids on it. Jim was with us that night volunteering and he realized we have a problem here and he found out we had another trolley that needed to be restored,” said Pastor Charlie Muller.
"The kids can’t get to places where they need to be helped. This would be a real opportunity for them to help ease congestion in those vehicles," said Jim Hammerle.
So how do you help a community ease congestion? You turn to the experts: S cold medicine company.
"Jim saw we had a story, he said he wanted to write our story, so he wrote our story to Advil congestion relief," Muller said.
The drug company was running a nationwide contest, offering $30,000 to three communities who could provide their area with congestion relief, which was more than enough to restore the second trolley.
"It cost us $20,000 to restore it and the extra money we can spend on gas and insurance," said Muller.
The Conviction girls are already excited to step on.
"This trolley is a free way for us to get from place to place," Perez said.