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Church Turns Trick-or-Treating Event Into Hurricane Relief

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The sounds of kids trick-or-treating filled the parking lot of Mount Olivet Southern Baptist Church in Bedford Wednesday night, a yearly tradition that had a spin on it this year.

"It feels a lot better giving instead of receiving and candy isn't healthy for you anyway," says parishioner Morgan Meador.

Usually when Morgan Meador goes trick-or-treating, she gets tons of candy. This year she decided to give things to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Both she and her dad Tommy Meador brought water.

"We know the hurricane hit up north and it was devastating," Tommy Meador says. "It's just a way of showing our support of the community and other states also."

All of the donations will go to God's Pit Crew, a disaster relief organization that is helping victims in Brooklyn and Jamaica, New York.

It started when a parishioner asked how they could help. Pastor Marc Reynolds quickly threw together the idea, knowing the community would turn out.

"We thought this was incredible of them to not only help them, but get the gospel to them and so we wanted to pick up donations as much as we could to help them out," Reynolds says.

Support poured in. Hundreds of dollars were collected, and other donations were put into the truck.

"We are hoping it is going to be a neat experience for the kids," Reynolds says. "Not only are they going to get, but they can give."

It is a simple gesture that will go a long way for folks devastated by hurricane Sandy.