Cars line up as church gives away free gas in Mint Hill

Credit: Amy Cowman

Police already moving traffic for free gas in Mint hill.

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by AMY COWMAN / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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Posted on April 6, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 6 at 5:27 PM

MINT HILL, N.C. -- Drivers in Mint Hill got a good deal for Good Friday: $15 of free gas. The New Beginnings Community Church sponsored the giveaway, which had traffic backed up for miles Friday afternoon in Mint Hill.

"My prayer was to be number one, and I'm number one," says Dorothy Wells.

The line started at 6:45 a.m. and soon after others following suit ready to wait hours for $15 of free gas.

"Because I knew it was going to be chaos, I knew, so I said might as well--$15 isn't much but it's a help,” said Billy Bethea.

By noon traffic in front of the Sunoco at Idelwild and Margaret Wallace roads was bumper to bumper. Mint Hill Police had their hands full after New Beginnings Community Church in Mint Hill vowed to help others.

As each car pulled up they grabbed the number on the front windshield, which showed they'd been waiting in line.  The church offered the deal to 334 cars, which came to a total of $5,000.

"This is just a way for us to really connect with our community, and to give back, particularly in these stressful economic times—just to be able to give a little relief to people," said Rev. Twanna Henderson, co-founder of New Beginnings.

And relief it gave to many.

"It helps me tremendously because I'm on empty.  I had to stop and get a gallon of gas to get over here and get some gas," said James Pauling.

It was no coincidence the giveaway came on Good Friday.

"Jesus did things to help people and that's what the church is about, about giving back to people, supporting people," added Rev. Henderson.

The good deed didn't go unappreciated.

“It's great, I love it.  It's really great, very generous," said Josephine Sorronadi.

They gave away the last ticket number just after 2 p.m.

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