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Kids crusade at Amityville church Saturday

Pastor Jimmy Jack, 54, of Deer Park, talks

Pastor Jimmy Jack, 54, of Deer Park, talks to kids at the 2011 Super Saturday Kids Crusade at Freedom Chapel International Worship Center in Amityville, which gave away bikes and Christmas stockings and presented games and live music. Credit: Handout

The annual "Super Saturday Kids Crusade" at Freedom Chapel International Worship Center in Amityville will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

The event at 641 Broadway will give away bikes, stockings filled with toys and candy to children ages 5-13. The event will also offer games, music and a live magic show.

Cathy Smith, office manager at the worship center, said the event has been held for more than a decade as a way to reach out to children who may be tempted by drugs and alcohol.

“This year, we hope to expect 400 to 500 kids,” said Smith, of Levittown. “We give them games, dance, prizes and try to encourage them that there is a purpose for their life. We also give every kid a free lunch and filled Christmas stocking. Everyone leaves with something, especially due to Hurricane Sandy, these families may not have as much as they would.”

Pastor Jimmy Jack, who says he got caught up in drugs as a child, noted that the point of the event is to discourage kids from choosing the wrong path and instead provide them with love and attention.

“We also work with a lot of at-risk boys and girls in Babylon, Wyandanch, Lindenhurst, Long Beach, Glen Cove, Rockville Centre and Hempstead,” said Jack, 54, of Deer Park. “ … Everything else will get old, like a bicycle, but they can hold onto the gift of love for the rest of their life.”

For more information, contact Cathy Smith at the center at 631-789-5050.

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