Beginning at noon Friday, New Beginnings Community Church will hand out free $25 gas cards to the first 400 vehicles that come.
Congregation members contributed $10,000 to purchase the cards. More than 100 volunteers will be at the church to direct traffic, cheer on the line of cars – and hand out the gas cards.
The Rev. Twanna Henderson said recently that the “Fuel for the Soul” community outreach event, now in its fifth year, is the church’s way of giving back on Good Friday, one of the holiest days of the year.
“We do it as a way to give back to the community. Good Friday is the time that Jesus went to the cross and sacrificed his life. This is a way for us to commemorate that sacrifice,” Henderson said.
Though the giveaway begins at noon, in past years some cars have started lining up as early as 6 a.m., a sign, organizers say, that there are many folks in the community in financial need.
Henderson said there are no documents to produce or forms to fill out. If you are driving one of the first 400 cars, you will get a gas card along with plenty of smiles and well wishes.
New Beginnings is a 7,000-member church led by senior pastor the Rev. Dr. Michael Henderson. The church is near the Matthews/Mint Hill border with a satellite campus at Sun Valley Middle School in Indian Trail.
The growing congregation is building a 10,000-square-foot community counseling center on its Matthews campus across Margaret Wallace Road from its ministry and family life centers.
Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.