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Some Motorists Fill Up Gas Tank For Good Cause

Posted September 7, 2005 12:26 p.m. EDT

— Cheap gas is a relative term these days, but on Wednesday, some drivers got away with a good deal and were able to help others.

WCHL-AM Radio

in Chapel Hill held a promotion at the Citgo Mini Mart on Martin Luther King Boulevard. The radio station offered more than 1,300 gallons of gas for free. In return, they asked customers to bring money or supplies to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.

However, plenty of people pitched in without getting gassed up.

"I don't care about the gas. What I care about is helping the victims of the hurricane," said Lynn Knauff.

When Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast last week, it knocked much of the country's oil operations offline. Gas prices have hovered around $3 ever since. Gov. Mike Easley had also asked N.C. residents to curb Labor Day travel to help ease the gas crunch.

Some motorists started lining up at the gas station overnight. The gas giveaway started at 7 a.m. and ended at about 9:30 a.m., when the gas ran out.