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18 Cents: Homeless Person Gives Touching Offering to Church

By    |   Thursday, 30 April 2015 05:18 PM EDT

A homeless person who left 18 cents in the offering plate at a North Carolina church included a note that impacted the entire church.

In an envelope with the small offering was a note, “Please don’t be mad. I don’t have much. I’m Homeless. God bless,” reported WBTV.

Staff at the First United Methodist Church in Charlotte discovered the note and the 18 cents.

"We would like the dear soul who donated 18 cents to know that everyone on our team was moved by the spirit in which the gift was made," Rev. Patrick Hamrick told WBTV. "We gratefully acknowledge that this individual, out of his poverty, has given all he had to live on."

On Sunday mornings, the church offers a program called "Muffin Ministry," which serves breakfast to about 150 homeless people, WBTV said.

"It's touching that one of our homeless neighbors responded by giving back," Hamrick told the station. "We weren't 'mad', we were very touched by this."

WCNC reported that Hamrick was contacted by the homeless man who left the donation and was told he saw a story about the note online; he does not want to be identified.

The homeless man said “the gift was between him, the church, and God," Hamrick told WCNC.

"I thanked him for all he has done and assured him that we honor his intent and his dignity," Hamrick said.

Hamrick told People, “I picture that individual reaching into his or her pocket and pulling out that dime, nickel and three cents and dropping it in the envelope, writing that note and sticking it in the offering plate. That could really have been a sacrificial gift. That could have been all that person had in his or her pocket that day."



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