Detroiters Get Free Gas From Local Church On Sunday

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DETROIT (WWJ) -- A local church did what it could to help out the community on Sunday, offering free gasoline at a gas station on the city's east side.

The event began at 1:30 p.m. at Charlie's BP on Outer Drive near Harper Avenue, with the Second Canaan Missionary Baptist Church offering $15 of free gas to the first 150 cars that showed up.

Why give out free gas? Pastor Frank Harris says the church is all about community.

"My whole thing is lately, and just with the ministry period, always trying to be an advocate for dispelling the myth that's on the church. Many people think the church is always trying to get from them, but our assignment is to show them that the church is always giving," Harris told WWJ's Charlie Langton.

Harris said the members of his church and community rely on transportation to get to and from jobs and around the community every day, so it's important to help out any way they can.

"When this idea came, I said 'there's no other gas station to go to. All the people who go to our church, people in our neighborhood, they come here. It's a great gas station. It's always a crowded one, so I think it'll be great Sunday for it to be crowded with the church coupling up with the community gas station."