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Lufkin First Assembly provides drivers with discounted gas


 Saturday morning hundreds of cars crowded the West Loop Chevron, to take advantage of discounted gas prices.

"I think it's a great thing they are doing for us," said Brenda Howard, Driver.

The first 400 cars received a dollar off each gallon of gas.

Lufkin First Assembly hosted the gas buy down, hoping to impact the community and make a visit to the pump less painful for drivers.

 "It's something you don't really see, an opportunity to get gas at $2.50 a gallon, that actually could be the difference of being able to get to work for the rest of the week," said Alvin Vander Leest, Outreach Pastor, LFA.

"I have grandchildren and I do believe it would be great for the ones who don't have the extra money, that can go towards food, school, supplies any of their needs," said Howard.

Outreach Pastor Alvin Vander Leest says the ultimate goal of the church is to help anyone they can.

 50 volunteers were on hand, pumping gas, washing windows and even saying a quick prayer for anyone in need.

"Just to help people in a simple way, show people that there is a church that cares not just about spiritual things but can also help in simple act of kindness," said Vander Leest.

The discount started at 10:00 a.m. but volunteers say cars were lining up an hour ahead of time.

Lillie Anderson says saving that extra dollar per gallon will make getting in the back to school routine a lot easier.

"It really saves the day and helps a lot because I've been up and down the road with little ones trying to get them back to school," said Anderson.

Vanderlest says a church should work outside of its walls and hopes drivers leave the station feeling encouraged by the act of kindness.

Drivers were limited to 10 gallons a tank. Church officials say the buy down took about four hours and ended just before 2:00 p.m.

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