CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. -- Every year around Easter, kids wait anxiously for a red trolley to come around the corner. As soon as they see the flash of red, they know, they'll soon be getting some treats.
On Saturday, each kid received a bag filled with thirty eggs. The giveaway this year a little different from past years, when the eggs would be thrown out of the trolley, making for an Easter egg hunt. There's also a special message in each bag.
"We have something in there -- a number that people can call to report any violence," said Pastor Charlie Muller of the Victory Christian Church.
He leads this annual Easter egg giveaway. And, he says crime is increasing in the region. The anti-violence messages in these bags are a way to fight crime.
"A lot of the kids in our city are out of control. And, you know what, this is our way of saying, this is our city, and we can take it under control," said Muller.
The trolley ride brings another benefit -- this time for parents.
"Normally, we do have Easter egg hunts at my mom's house. But, her house caught fire last year, so that's something we can't do this year. So, we came out today, so the kids can have something to do," said Kayeisha Richardson, a parent.
It's an annual tradition that for kids is delicious and spiritually satisfying.