A homeless man donates 18 cents to a church in an act of unselfish giving. The amount this man donated was pocket change, yet for this dispossessed and destitute individual, the donation is worth far more than any whopping donation made by the wealthy. It represented a meager amount to most, but is touching readers in a very large way.
Writes People.com: “It was a simple note scribbled in ink on the outside of a small envelope meant for church offerings. Inside the envelope? A mere eighteen cents. The First United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, received the anonymous donation. Reverend Patrick Hamrick, the church’s pastor of finance, says he was equally stunned by the words and the contribution. “
On the outside of the envelope, the person scribbled:
“Please don’t be mad. I don’t have much. I’m homeless. God Bless.”
The photo of the envelope was posted on the church’s Facebook page, and has since started to go viral on social media platforms.
“We read it and it touched us,” Hamrick said. “The message implies the giver thought we might be mad. We didn’t feel mad at all. It took some bravery to write that down and say ‘I’m homeless, but I still want to give.’”
Hamrick was impressed that the person gave of themselves, perhaps all they had that day.
“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,” the reverend said. “That could really have been a sacrificial gift. That could have been all that person had in his or her pocket that day.”
Hamrick is hoping for a happy ending; he said many in the church and community would love to reach out and help this person – but they do not know who their anonymous donor is.
“I think there could be a happy ending here,” he said. “I have a feeling there’s been enough support that this person could get some assistance. But we don’t know who this individual is.”
To many, the small act reminds them of Christ’s teachings. While Jesus was seated near the treasury chests at the temple, he watched as Jerusalem’s residents dropped in their contributions “out of their surplus.” But a lowly widow presented two coins – Lepta coins, the smallest denomination in circulation at that time with a value of only 1/64 of a day’s wage.
Jesus said the “two small coins” have “very little value,” and yet “this poor widow dropped in more than all those dropping money into the treasury chests.” – Mark 12:41-44.
What do you think of this homeless man’s 18 cent donation?