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OKLAHOMA CITY - A metro church is hoping to change the conversation in the community with a fun event.

On Saturday, Integrity's Voice of Victory Church will give away hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies and gift certificates for teachers.

The event, called "The Takeover" is also about building a positive relationship between officers and the community, and providing inspirational messages to kids and families.

"Along with God's authority, with courage, I'm a majority,” rapped hip hop artist Xola.

Hip hop artists will take the stage at the church, located near N.W. 45th St. and Meridian.

Along with the entertainment, kids will be given backpacks with school supplies and a handful of lucky teachers will be given gift certificates worth $100 .

"We want to bring healing to the country, to this community in Oklahoma City and make sure the kids get taken care of also because our teachers are experiencing cutbacks," said Pastor Charles Martin, with Integrity's Voice of Victory Church.

Along with the giveaways, they'll also be tackling tough topics like the budget crisis affecting our schools and officer involved shootings.

"I believe in God that one day, the world's going to change," said 12-year-old Mattias Malik.

"I want to see people happy and I don't want to see shootings going on and people being killed," said 9-year-old Jaqua Andersons.

Police say to make a difference, they have to continue to build relationships with the community.

"Wherever we can start, hopefully we can make a positive impression on that kid and lead them in the right directions," said Officer Joe Williams, with the Moore Police Department.

"Hanging out with the right group of friends and finding my way out of trouble, saying, 'No, that's a bad idea," said Malik.

It's a positive outlook this church hopes more kids can take home.

'The Takeover' is on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Integrity's Voice of Victory Church, located at 4501 N. Meridian.

It’s free and open to the public.

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