Frenzy Over Gas Giveaway Brings Traffic To A Standstill

By: KAKE News
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UPDATE: Saturday, March 31, 2012

Hundreds of people crowded a local gas station Saturday, hoping for the chance to fill up their tanks for free.

The Kingdom Harvest Church of Wichita and Power 93.9 gave away $5000 in free gas to the first 250 vehicles in line at the at the Presto station at 13th Street and Oliver Avenue. Each lucky driver received $20 worth of free gas.

With gas prices at an all-time high, some local drivers are willing to do just about anything to ease the pain at the pump. A few camped out as early as 7 a.m., a full five hours before the noon start time of the gas giveaway.

The frenzy over free gas caused traffic headaches for other drivers. Vehicles waiting line completely stopped northbound traffic on Oliver Avenue. The line stretched more than a mile south of the station to Douglas Avenue.

The gas giveaway may have helped some drivers, but the relief is fleeting. Experts say gas prices will continue to rise and are expected to break more records this year.

UPDATE: Friday, March 30, 2012

A Wichita church and local radio station, Power 93.9, are teaming up to give away $5,000 worth of free gas. They want to give back to those in the community hurt by the economy and the high price of fuel.

The free gas will given away to the first 250 cars in line at the Presto on the southeast corner of 13th Street and Oliver Avenue on Saturday from 12 to 1 p.m. Each recipient will get $20 worth of regular unleaded gasoline.

The gas will be paid for by the Kingdom Harvest Church. Senior Pastor DeAndre Morris says this is just another way of helping those in the Wichita area who are in need.

"It's our way to give back to the community in a tangible way," said Morris. "At Kingdom Harvest Church we're known to give away all kinds of stuff. We've given away gas cards in the past. We've given away groceries. We've helped people with their rent."

Morris says this is a way to take their call to giving to a higher level. He says anyone who makes it into the line in time will be eligible.

"Everybody can feel the pinch. So no matter what anybody's economic status is or their level of need, everybody can stand to be blessed. And we want to be able to bless as many people as we could."

Many drivers are excited about the opportunity.

"I think that is awesome because gas is too high and we don't got it right now," said driver Smu Ervin.

"The gas is $3.75 and it is extremely too high. So I'm grateful. We will be up here filling up," said driver Shyann Singleton.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Wichita church wants to give back to the community by easing the pain at the pump.

Kingdom Harvest Church has partnered with Power 93.9 to give away $5,000 in gas.

DeAndre Morris, senior pastor, said in a press release the program aims to help families struggling to recover from the economic downturn.

“We also want to impact the lives of people in a relevant way,” Morris said.

The first 250 vehicles will receive $20 worth of free unleaded gasoline.

The gas giveaway will be held at the Presto station, 1350 N. Oliver, on March 31. The event starts at Noon.

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