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Durham church gives away free gas

Posted July 16, 2011 2:52 p.m. EDT
Updated July 16, 2011 5:22 p.m. EDT

— A Durham church gave away about $6,000 worth of free gas to several hundred drivers Saturday morning.

Members of Greater Joy International Ministries, 2000 Chapel Hill Road, manned the pumps as drivers lined up outside Lakewood BP, 218 W. Lakewood Ave., and Tri-Star Mobile, 2900 Chapel Hill Blvd.

Some cars ran out of gas while waiting in line, and members pushed them to the gas stations.

Between 300 and 400 drivers got $25 worth of gas, Pastor Tiff McCarter estimated.

"Many individuals arriving at the stations were in awe and expressed disbelief and gratitude that a church would be so giving to community residents," church staff member Belinda Greene said in a statement.

Drivers were then invited to get breakfast at the church's expense at the Biscuitville across the street. The church spent about $500 on free breakfasts, McCarter said.

"Church is beyond the walls of a building. We are to be a presence in the community, blessing, encouraging and compelling people to the kingdom," Greene said.