Local church eases pain at the pump with gas giveaway

Local church eases pain at the pump with gas giveaway

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte

WCNC.com

Posted on March 29, 2013 at 6:05 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 29 at 12:28 PM

MATTHEWS, N.C. -- An area church is easing the pain at the pump.  New Beginnings Community Church in Matthews is giving away $20 gas cards to the first 350 people at noon Friday.

By 8 a.m. there was already a line for the Fuel for the Soul event.  Many of those waiting said, in a tough economy, the gas cards were well worth the wait. 

Kannapolis resident Beverly Dunn was first in line. 

"It's taking everything, especially with this big car, it takes everything I got to put in gas." 

She  planned on filling up her tank and driving to Easter service Sunday.  According to John Gloston of Matthews, a $20 gas card goes far.

"It means maybe I was going to put $20 in the gas tank at first, so now I'll put $40 in," he said.

New Beginnings Church chose to do the giveaway on Good Friday for a reason. 

"This is the weekend of Jesus' death and resurrection, so we're doing it this weekend in  memory of Jesus Christ," said William Bellinger, a volunteer with the church.  Beverly Dunn agrees.  "I appreciate it very much.  I think it's a blessing coming from The Lord up above," she said. 

This is the second year for the Fuel for the Soul giveaway.  New Beginning Community Church is set to giveaway $7,000 worth of gas cards Friday. 

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