WATCH: Homeless Person Gives Priceless Gift to Charlotte Church

Donation to Charlotte church from homeless man (Photo: WCNC)
Donation to Charlotte church from homeless man
(Photo: WCNC)

Someone attending a church service in Charlotte Sunday left behind an offering that has some recalling the story of Jesus and the widow’s offering.

The gift was a handful of change — 18 cents — with a simple note on the offering envelope:

“Please don’t be mad I don’t have much. I’m homeless. God bless.”

The note reminded some of the story in the gospel of Luke. Jesus sees rich people making a show of their wealth with their donations to the temple, while a poor widow gives all she has, two coins. Jesus questions which person has really given more.

“I think this represents a sacrificial gift,” said the Rev. Patrick Hamrick of First United Methodist Church.

“It took some bravery, I think, to write that (note),” he said. “And for us, we acknowledge that individual gave out of his poverty proportionally a big deal.”

First United is nestled in uptown Charlotte, between a homeless shelter and the big banks the city has become known for.

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SOURCE: Michelle Boudin
WCNC-TV, Charlotte

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