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Pastor who always wanted Christmas bike gives them to needy kids

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The Noel Project brings joy to thousands of kids in need. On Saturday 400 volunteers from The Church on Strayer put on the annual event at the Seagate Center.

More than 2000 people stood in line.

Amy Hilderbrand and her family started waiting at 6:30 in the morning. "I would have waited until whenever just to get help to give my son a good Christmas."

There was a worship service before the gifts were handed out. Each child got to pick out a toy and take home a gift that the Church's pastor Tony Scott always dreamed of but never received as a child, a bicycle.

"I just think every kid should have the experience of their own new bicycle."

The gifts weren't limited to toys. Families also got a box of food for Christmas dinner.

Ashley Lancaster said, "I'm a single mom, so definitely the assistance helps a lot. Especially during the holiday season."

The Noel Project started 35 years ago and Pastor Scott says it has some to define Christmas for him. "To me this is Christmas and the message of Christmas. This is Christianity, what the church is really all about."

13abc's Kristian Brown and Alexis Means were among those spreading the Christmas cheer.

 

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