SAFFORD – Victory Fellowship Church in Safford is hosting two special community events in September. First, on Saturday, September 21, 201,9 the church will be hosting a Gun Buy Back Program. The event will take place at the church from 8 a.m. until noon. Pastor John Neal says the buy back program is made possible through funding from Community Empowerment Organization, which is an entity that helps the church with funding for a variety of programs.
Neal says that the gun buy back event came about because of the recent gun violence in the country. “There are a lot of guns out there on the street that are just sitting around for people to get a hold of and this is an opportunity to get some of those guns off of the street so they’re no longer available for random people,” Neal Said.
The group will pay cash for any gun – working or not – starting at a minimum of $20.00. Neal says it’s a simple process with no questions asked. “You bring the gun, drop it off, get your cash and go,” Neal says.
The guns will go through a police check to see if any of them are stolen and need to be returned to the rightful owner. The remaining guns will be disposed by a federally licensed firearms dealer according to federal guidelines.
The following week, Saturday, September 28, 2019, Victory Fellowship Church will be giving away bikes at 2:00 p.m.
The bike giveaway program is made possible by a joint effort between the Victory Fellowship Church, the Community Empowerment Organization and the State Prisons. The church collects bikes at the church and takes them to the prison for the inmates to repair. The church purchases parts for the bikes to be repaired to working condition. The church gives the bikes away for free. There is never any charge for them.
There is a signup form at the coffee shop inside the church complex. People who have signed up for a bike are given first pick of the bikes available. People who have not signed up are also invited
Neal says that his church wants to help the community and these two events are ways they’ve found to make a difference.
Victory Fellowship Church is located at 555 Entertainment Ave, Safford, AZ 85546.