‘I don’t have much’: Homeless person leaves note, donation in North Carolina church’s collection basket


CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV/CNN) – A North Carolina church is still reeling over a heartwarming offering it received.

It was not what was left behind, but who was behind the giving that made this donation so special.

“It rose out among the stack of little envelopes that were on the table,” Rev. Patrick S. Hamrick recalled.

The words looked like they were scrawled in a hurried hand. No one knows just who wrote them, or even where they were sitting.

The pews were packed last Sunday leaving just enough room for the blessing that would be placed inside this envelope.

“It says, ‘Please don’t be mad, I don’t have much. I’m homeless. God bless,'” Rev. Hamrick reads.

Rev. Hamrick is the Pastor of Finance and Administration at the church.

“We weren’t mad we were very touched by this,” Rev. Hamrick said.

In fact “mad” is probably the exact opposite of what anybody felt when they found the envelope held only 18 cents.

“But for this person, it could have been everything in his or her pocket,” Rev. Hamrick said.

This wooden plate has been passed around the pews at First United Methodist Church for more than 80 years.

What landed in it last Sunday didn’t come from a pocket, it came from a heart. The church wants this person to know that the nickel and the dime and the three pennies they left counts for a lot more than just coins.

The church says it has always had a good relationship with the homeless community in Charlotte. The church hopes that they’ll be able to identify the person behind the generous act.

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