Gas Station Supports Community By Donating Money

By Maureen Mespell
By Jeff Neumeyer

November 30, 2010 Updated Nov 30, 2010 at 6:53 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- A service station in southeast Fort Wayne with a history of crime problems is opening its wallet this holiday season in a way that could improve its image.

It is a twist on the notion that it's better to give than receive.

The BP gas station at Anthony and McKinnie has, over the past few years, received the kind of attention that it doesn't much want.

The owners of the station Tuesday made $2,000 worth of contributions to four charitable causes, including two churches, a day care and the city police union.

The money, in turn, will be used to provide toys, Christmas dinners, and Bibles to those in the community.

Since 2006, the station has been the site of multiple shootings, where at least seven people have been injured or killed.

One supporter says the business has done nothing to seek out or contribute to the trouble.

Kevin Corey/Community Activist: " It's just that the people that have conflicts with each other just happen to meet here at a given time and the situation deteriorates into violence."

Pastor Carlton Lynch/Providence Baptist Church: " I think the community needs to see something different. I think it needs to see this location being more of a blessing and an assistance to local community endeavors."

The gas station isn't the only entity taking heat over the history of shootings there.

Some residents living nearby told Indiana’s NewsCenter this summer that they think the police department needs to do more to address the crime problems at that intersection.

Police responded by saying officers are doing what they can, but that it takes everybody's help to head off such trouble.

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