Crowds flock to gas giveaway as prices rise


by Leigh Frillici/ KHOU 11 News

Posted on April 8, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Updated Sunday, Apr 8 at 1:26 PM

HOUSTON—Crowds of people lined up Saturday afternoon for a gas giveaway in Pearland as prices reach seasonal highs.

The OverFlow Church announced it was giving away 25 dollars worth of gas to the first 125 people who showed up at the HEB in Pearland. People showed up as early as 8am for a 2pm giveaway.

So many people came that dozens of drivers had to be turned away.

"I’m disappointed I missed it," said Lisa Jenkins another driver. "It could have helped me out a lot. I’m in between jobs."

The prices at the pump have Mike Huery talking out loud.

"Come on click!" Huery said as he watches the numbers on the pump at a gas station in South Houston. 

But the pump keeps rolling. The average price of a gallon of regular gas in Houston is 3.89 right now. That’s 23 cents more than this time last year.

Some people are resigned to it.

"You’re going to pay the price or you’re going to sit at home," said Jerel Jones.

The high prices have people flocking to gas giveaways. 

"I need it. Money is so tight and gas so high," said Johnny Moreno who had waited for a couple of hours. 

Overflow Church felt Easter weekend was the perfect time to give out gas.

"Like Christ, we should have the hand of giving, rather than the hand of receiving," said Pastor Pat Williams.

And there were many people grateful to be on the receiving end.

"Hey man, I appreciate it," said one driver as he drove off with 25 dollars worth of gas in his car.

As for Mike Huery, he didn’t know about the giveaway. He was at a South Houston gas station paying cash.

"(I have) a hundred dollar bill," said Huery. "I have to get some gas."

With the prices right now, he was betting he would use all of it to fill up his car and his wife’s truck.