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Patricia Holland, from North Carolina College of Theology @ Kingdom Covenant Campus, assists woman in car interested in the College while waiting for free gas Friday at the Riggins gas station on Landis Avenue and Third Street in Vineland.

Dr. Vandy L. Colter III

A Vineland church spread the message of Good Friday through free gas.

Members of the Kingdom Covenant Christian Center on West Landis Avenue paid for the gas of 100 people between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. today at the Riggins gas station on Landis Avenue and Third Street.

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The giveaway is one of many the church does for residents, said Pastor Dr. Vandy Colter. In recent years the church has given away coats, food and shopping sprees, he said.

“I think ministry is most effective when you help people in real everyday life,” he said. “For us (Good Friday) is about the sacrifice Jesus Christ made for us. If we sacrifice a little of ourselves to give back to others, I feel it’s a great way to honor the sacrifice Jesus Christ made on our behalf.”

The event cost about $3,000. The church made contributions as well as the TD Bank branch on East Chestnut Avenue and Gurmeet Singh, the gas station’s owner.

The customers were very happy when they found out the gas was being paid for. Singh said it got them in the spirit for more than one holiday.

“People were saying this is like Christmas,” he said. “It was great to see so many people so happy.”

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