North Carolina’s First Methodist Church has many attendees for its Sunday services, but just this week, one particular member stood out.
After the service ended, the church collectors came upon an envelope on the collection plate: inside was a dime, a nickel, and three cents.
Far from being angered by the humble donation, the church leaders were moved to tears after reading what was scribbled on the envelope. Written anonymously, the note said:
“Please don’t be mad. I don’t have much. I’m homeless. God Bless.”
“We were very touched by it,” Pastor Patrick Hamrick said.
The church believes the man had taken his breakfast at the church — where the “Muffin Ministry” served food for about 150 homeless people every Sunday morning — and left the note just before he left.
Hamrick posted the note on the church Facebook page. “When I saw the note, I just wanted to assure the giver that every gift and every giver is important. I felt deep gratitude because it is likely that this individual reached into his or her pocket and gave everything,” Hamrick said.
The pastor told the anonymous donor that, should he reveal his identity, the community will give him their full support. However, the man only told Hamrick to “keep it between me, God, and the church.”
Of this man’s generosity, Hamrick said, “Out of his poverty, he has given all he had to live on.”