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This Des Moines man has only one birthday wish: To fill your gas tank — for free

Cool Story - This Des Moines man has only one birthday wish: To fill your gas tank — for free

This weekend, everyone is invited to a special birthday celebration hosted by a man from Des Moines.

Rob Johnson, a pastor, and community organizer will be 35 on Saturday, and he's chosen to start a new tradition to mark the occasion. On January 21 at a nearby Kum & Go, Johnson will distribute free gas for the second year running.

The location will be revealed on the Facebook page and Twitter account of Des Moines Urban Experience, a local charity that celebrates and promotes Black culture, at 9 a.m. Saturday even though the event's start time is 10 a.m.

This year, Johnson collaborated with Dwana Bradley, director of the Des Moines Urban Experience, and numerous other groups to raise nearly $15,000 for charity.

That surpasses the $5,000 in donations from the previous year and will aid hundreds more in refueling their vehicles. Families can spend at least $40 at the gas station in Iowa, where the average price of ordinary gas is $3.21, and much more depending on the size of the car, per AAA.

One benefit of this event, according to Johnson, is that anyone may come up, grab gas, and be on their way with "no questions asked," the Des Moines Register reported.

Who knows what happened last week, just because someone comes up in a fine car doesn't mean they don't still need gas. "This gas will get them to the next job interview even if they just lost their job," he said.

Who needs what is always a mystery? You never know what someone else is going through.

Johnson claimed that doing a kind deed gave him the idea to offer free gas on his birthday.

Days after Christmas in December 2021, according to Johnson, he was filling up his tank when he saw a woman struggling to pay for her petrol at a nearby pump. As soon as he said her credit card had been denied, he went over and paid for it.

Johnson afterward pondered: Why stop there? Why not assist others as well?

He, therefore, picked up the phone and called his pals, some of whom were in charge of local organizations and churches or ran businesses, to beg them for assistance with his initiative.

With their help, Johnson and volunteers pumped over $5,000 worth of petrol at the Des Moines Hy-Vee on Southeast 14th Street and Park Avenue to commemorate his 34th birthday.

To fulfill his birthday desire this year, Johnson enlisted the aid of his old pals from groups including Creative Visions, Urban Dreams, Platinum Kutz Barbershop, and Joppa Experience as well as hundreds more sponsors.

Gas, he claimed, "transcends anything that may necessarily separate us." "It doesn't matter what your race, ethnicity, sexual preference, or religion is because every single vehicle requires petrol."

Johnson, who will be working the pumps once more this year, said he is still in need of volunteers to assist with traffic control or pumping gas.

Interested parties can sign up by completing a Google form. The Rob Johnson Birthday Gas Giveaway is also accepting online donations through this link.

Participants will receive goodie bags filled with refreshments, kid's books, and information on local services, according to Johnson.

People may have had the opportunity to fill their tanks for the first time since Christmas, he speculated. "There is absolutely a chance for people to participate in this."

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