Last Sunday, just like every Sunday, the donation basket was passed around by the parishioners of the First United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. But, on this particular Sunday, they had a special guest among them who was about to give them something far more valuable than a dollar or two.
When the collection was gathered, a crumpled envelope was found with a few loose coins totaling 18 cents and a letter from an anonymous homeless person who happened to have attended the service. The letter read, “Please don’t be mad. I don’t have much. I’m homeless. God bless.” This person was apparently so moved by the service and the parishioners’ welcoming spirit that they decided to give what may have been all the money he or she had to show some gratitude. Rev. Patrick S. Hamric says, “Everyone on our team was moved by the spirit in which the gift was made.”
The story was shared by members of the church and has since gone viral. This unknown person has now touched countless lives with his or her selfless act. Rev. Hamric wants to make it clear that whoever left that note is always welcome back at First United Methodist.
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