St. Pete native Rod Wave is no stranger to charitable acts throughout his hometown, but his latest promise will help some folks in one of the most practical ways possible.
Earlier this week, Wave posted a video on his Instagram account stating that he would giveaway $25,000 worth of free gas in St. Petersburg on Saturday, April 9 at noon.
“Gas high as fuck. Ay, St. Petersburg, Florida, St. Pete, 727—giving away free gas on April 9th at the Sunoco on 34th, right before you get on the bridge,” Wave says in the video. “April 9th, I’m giving away $25,000 in free gas. So April 9th, At 12 o’clock, get up and get you a free full tank.”
Although he doesn’t explicitly say which St. Pete gas station he's referring to, the site of next week’s giveaway is the southside Sunoco at 5100 34th St. S—adjacent to the Taco Bell, Publix, and 7-11.
And yes, St. Pete residents refer to any given I-275 exit as "getting on the bridge."
An employee of the Sunoco let Creative Loafing Tampa Bay know via phone call that the St. Petersburg Police Department will be at the giveaway directing traffic, as Wave will also have his own volunteers pumping people's gas—so the entire operation is set to go smoothly.
He also stated that Sunoco will not allow attendees to start lining up before noon and that they estimate that the $25,000 of gas will be pumped in about 4 hours.
Whether you’re a fan of the “Heart on Ice”
rapper or not, why not fill up for free?
And if you can’t make next week's free gas event, Wave also has an Easter giveaway
slated for April 16 at St. Petersburg’s Lakewood Jr. Spartans Complex (4801 31st St. S.) There will be free food, face painting, bounce houses and more kid-friendly activities present at this community-focused event—one of the many ways the rapper consistently gives back to his hometown.