Bibles & Basketball;1,500 free bibles for inner city kids

Melissa Crabtree/CBS42

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One Birmingham church is hosting a basketball camp Saturday, where the main goal is to send home scripture.

CBS 42’s Melissa Crabtree tells us how social media helped make it happen.

Thanks to a simple prayer request on Al Blanton’s personal Facebook page 15-hundred kids will get their own bible while enjoying a day of basketball.

Blanton says, “We want to get bibles in the hands of kids that maybe have never had a bible, couldn’t afford a bible and so that’s the main purpose of this event ”

Blanton says within minutes of the request, he got a link which offered bibles for one dollar and then a friend donated the entire 15-hundred dollars he needed to buy them.

New Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church’s “Ball 4 the Gospel” basketball event will include former NBA players on the court, a devotional and lots of giveaways.

Along with 15-hundred free bibles, the church is giving away, 1,500 basketballs, 400 basketball goals and 1,500 dollars.

Blanton says he hopes kids leave the event with a bible, a basketball and a budding passion for the gospel.

The event starts at 2 p-m. at Huffman High School in Birmgingham.

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