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Updated: 7/19 2:06 am

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- A drive to gather items for children of Central America here in the U.S.continues to grow in Las Vegas.

Two pastors, who visited a California Naval Base that had 600 children being sheltered there, started the collection last week. Their churches are moving forward with more plans involving prayer vigils.

"We have quite a few, all those T-ball sets they also brought," said Pastor Joel Menchaca of Amistad Cristiana Church, as he pointed to the donations coming in for children.

Menchaca says one the biggest contributors so far has been a motorcycle club known as the Latin Devils, which showed up during mass. "They brought stuff and they were really friendly. Of course the noise of the motorcycles, I mean it was deafening, definitely loud," Menchaca said.

Between his church and Mary Magdelene Friends Church, lead by Pastor Kay Obenour, childrens' items and cash donations are coming in, including toys, diapers, blankets, coloring books and crayons. These pastors are hoping more personal hygiene items will be donated in travel size.

"If they send [the children] back, we want them to take it with them in airplane or however they are going to transport them," Menchaca said.

"People's hearts are being touched and they are willing to make a difference in the lives of these children," Obenour said.

While more donations are arriving, prayer vigils are being planned. The most current is this Sunday at Amistad Cristiana church, open to the public and people of all faiths.

"We want God to touch the hearts of others in the United States so that they can be aware of the needs of the refugees," Obenour said.

"Feel for them if they are sent back. I call it sending them back to Hell because that is all that is waiting for them," Menchaca said.

For those attending Sunday's prayer vigil, Menchaca says if anyone would like to, he'll still be collecting items for the children.

The prayer vigil starts at six o'clock Sunday night at Amistad Cristiana Church on East Stewart.

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