Local clergy to give away free gas coupons at Far South Side event on Sunday – NBC Chicago

A group of clergymen and political leaders on Chicago’s South Side will aim to draw attention to issues of poverty and poor health care on Sunday afternoon, handing out free gas coupons at a local gas station .

According to a press release, Pastor Kenyatta Smith will distribute the $50 vouchers at the Shell service station in the 9800 block of South Halsted from 3 p.m.

The vouchers will be available only to residents of the South Side of Chicago and will be available for approximately three hours, according to the press release.

“Our residents have already encountered challenges stemming from the pandemic,” Smith said. “But to add the recent increase in gas prices, (it) has caused a kind of dark cloud over our people’s finances.”

The event will also seek to educate residents about the Reach Development Corporation, which activists call a “massive project” that will help provide work and education opportunities for South Side residents.

“We are honored, grateful and blessed that Governor JB Pritzker has answered the call for assistance and intervention,” Smith said. “The construction project will provide participation and employment opportunities for minorities.”

Several gas giveaways have taken place in the Chicago area in recent days, including one organized by the New Life Covenant Southeast Church, drawing dozens of drivers to the Chatham neighborhood event.

The church said it plans to spend between $6,000 and $7,000.

Chicago businessman Willie Wilson also staged a huge gasoline giveaway last week, leading to major traffic jams near many gas stations. It plans to hold another event on Thursday, with more than 40 gas stations participating.

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