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Soul Fuel: Matthews Church holds annual gas card giveaway for Easter

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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Avion Anderson holds up a "thank you" sign as he and his mom, Terri, drive through a line to receive a free $40 gas gift card at the 3rd annual Fuel for the Soul gas giveaway on Good Friday hosted by New Beginnings Church in Matthews on April 18, 2014. New Beginnings Church gave away $10,000 worth of gas gift cards to the first 250 cars at their church. Cars waited in line as local police officers directed traffic and over 150 New Beginnings Church members volunteered to help run the event. "We recognize that we are in difficult economic times and everybody uses gas. This is a way to support our community," states New Beginnings Executive Reverend, Twanna Henderson.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    New Beginnings Church members cheer as a car pulls up to receive a free $40 gas gift card at the 3rd annual Fuel for the Soul gas giveaway on Good Friday hosted by New Beginnings Church in Matthews on April 18, 2014. New Beginnings Church gave away $10,000 worth of gas gift cards to the first 250 cars at their church. Cars waited in line as local police officers directed traffic and over 150 New Beginnings Church members volunteered to help run the event. "We recognize that we are in difficult economic times and everybody uses gas. This is a way to support our community," states New Beginnings Executive Reverend, Twanna Henderson.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Donteia Robinson, a New Beginnings Church member, shouts at a car as it passes by to receive a free $40 gas gift card at the 3rd annual Fuel for the Soul gas giveaway on Good Friday hosted by New Beginnings Church in Matthews on April 18, 2014. New Beginnings Church gave away $10,000 worth of gas gift cards to the first 250 cars at their church. Cars waited in line as local police officers directed traffic and over 150 New Beginnings Church members volunteered to help run the event. "We recognize that we are in difficult economic times and everybody uses gas. This is a way to support our community," states New Beginnings Executive Reverend, Twanna Henderson.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Geri Caple receives a free $40 gas gift card at the 3rd annual Fuel for the Soul gas giveaway on Good Friday hosted by New Beginnings Church in Matthews on April 18, 2014. New Beginnings Church gave away $10,000 worth of gas gift cards to the first 250 cars at their church. Cars waited in line as local police officers directed traffic and over 150 New Beginnings Church members volunteered to help run the event. "We recognize that we are in difficult economic times and everybody uses gas. This is a way to support our community," states New Beginnings Executive Reverend, Twanna Henderson.
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    Abbi O'Leary - aoleary@charlotteobserver.com
    Janaya Lee, front, and Vannesa Moultrie, New Beginnings Church members, cheer as cars pass by to receive a free $40 gas gift card at the 3rd annual Fuel for the Soul gas giveaway on Good Friday hosted by New Beginnings Church in Matthews on April 18, 2014. New Beginnings Church gave away $10,000 worth of gas gift cards to the first 250 cars at their church. Cars waited in line as local police officers directed traffic and over 150 New Beginnings Church members volunteered to help run the event. "We recognize that we are in difficult economic times and everybody uses gas. This is a way to support our community," states New Beginnings Executive Reverend, Twanna Henderson.

For the third year in a row, New Beginnings Church at 7027 Stillwell Road in Matthews treated the community to free gas on Good Friday as part of the congregation’s annual Easter celebration. Volunteers passed out $10,000 worth of gas gift cards to 250 drivers. The church kicked off the event in 2012 by giving away gas at a Sunoco station, attracting more than 300 motorists who waited up to three hours. To cut down on traffic problems, the church switched to gas cards.

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