Prayers for Peace in Buffalo

June 20, 2012 Updated Jun 20, 2012 at 11:39 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

June 20, 2012 Updated Jun 20, 2012 at 11:39 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY
On the corner of Maple and Virginia Streets in Buffalo volunteers were handing out free hot dogs, free Bibles, and free prayers.

"I'm sick of seeing teddy bears and the vigils and all this stuff and we do all this love and good natured kumbayaing after the fact but we want to come out here and show these people that, the young people that somebody does love you and somebody does care about you," said Alexander Wright.

Wright is the Executive Director of Urban Christian Ministries who organized the event Wednesday.

It's a non-profit group that provides important life skills to children as young as six years old up to 24.

It's just the type of help that 21 year old Stephon Boston needs.

Stephon's mother died and he doesn't know his father and he was headed down the wrong road before he became part of the program.

Volunteers are working hard to reach people just like Stephon.

There have been 18 homicides in the city in 2012 alone.

But community groups believe in the power of prayer and are using it to inspire hope for positive change in the City of Buffalo.

If you or someone you know wants to become part of Urban Christian Ministries click on go to the "newslinks" section of our website for more information.