Organization Provides Free Gas For Rockaway Park Residents
In post-Sandy times, finding gas means hunting for an open station and then waiting and waiting on line, but drivers at one Queens station found plenty of fuel for free thanks to a local organization. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.
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It was a rush to get free gas in Rockaway Park. The organization Fuel Relief Fund pulled up with two tankers containing 16,000 gallons of gas.
"I came and I saw this, and I said, 'God bless them,'" said one resident. "This is a great help to the area."
"This is outstanding. Rockaway really needs help today," said another. "Somebody's caring about Rockaway."
It didn't matter if you had an SUV, truck or compact car. Filling it up was no problem. And even though there was no charge, the wait was only about an hour and a half for cars and a few minutes for people with containers.
"More organizations should show up like this. That's a good thing," said one resident. "This is gonna let us eat, gonna let us get warm. It's going to keep us going for days."
The not-for-profit organization was formed after Hurricane Katrina. To cut down on chaos, it doesn't announce where it will give out free fuel. Members say they raise money for the relief effort and some smaller fuel companies donate gas. They're trying to get multi-billion-dollar gas companies to donate.
"We were actually able to actually drive the fuel here. We drove the fuel from California, our first load," said Joseph Lee of Fuel Relief Fund. "We're getting all of New Jersey, all over New York, Staten Island, now out here in Rockaway."
Some say they can't believe they are now getting free fuel at this station because they say they've had to pay big bucks to gas up since the hurricane hit.
"They're telling 'no gas, no gas,' but there's a guy up the next two blocks stopping you and telling you $50 for 5 gallons," said one person. You got no choice, you know what I mean?"
Fuel Relief Fund said it will pop up at several other locations in hard hit areas.