Church 'moved' after homeless person leaves money, note in collection plate

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Twelve words, and just a few more cents, left in a collection plate have 'moved' members of a Charlotte church.

Staff members at the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) in Charlotte found a note on the outside of a collection envelope last Sunday.

"Please don't be mad. I don't have much," it read. "I'm Homeless. God Bless."

Inside the envelope was 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 S. Hamrick told WBTV. "We gratefully acknowledge that this individual, out of his poverty, has given all he had to live on."

Church officials say FUMC has a "long-term commitment to social justice, especially ministries with homeless neighbors."

The church offers breakfast on Sunday mornings to an average of 150 chronically and intermittently homeless people. It is called "Muffin Ministry."

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

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