A Virginia-based church group had lines around the block this weekend as drivers receive $50 worth of free gas from the group.
Located in Alexandria, Virginia, the Alfred Street Baptist Church gave away gas to 300 cars at three different locations — Royal Farms on Forestville Road in District Heights, Exxon on Little River Turnpike in Alexandria, and Royal Farms on Allentown Road in Camp Springs, as part of the church’s Hidden Halos Initiative, which was created to provide acts of kindness to strangers.
Pastor Howard-John Wesley of Alfred Street Baptist Church, who helped with pumping the gas at the Royal Farms in District Heights, said the giveaway and the Hidden Halo Initiative is all about giving to those in need. In an interview with WTOP, he elaborated further:
“We believe that, every now and then, we ought to make certain that we’re treating people as if they’re Christ among us, and love them the same way we say we love Jesus,” He said. “If I can inspire you to want to bless someone else, then I think we’ve done our job,” Wesley said.
This program is sure to help many Virginia locals, as according to recent reports, gas prices are at a 40 year high.
“I’m on a fixed income, so I’m one of the ones in the community that absolutely needs help,” said Brenda Smith, who was in the area visiting for the Easter holiday. “So when you find a church that ministers to your need, you know, that’s the church to join.”