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A church in Spokane County just gave away $15,000 cash to its congregation.  It’s the fourth year that the church, known as Branches, has offered the cash with an offer to change someone’s life. A church in Spokane County just gave away $15,000 cash to its congregation. It’s the fourth year that the church, known as Branches, has offered the cash with an offer to change someone’s life.
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A church in Spokane County just gave away $15,000 cash to its congregation. It's the fourth year that the church, known as Branches, has offered the cash with an offer to change someone's life. Pastor Ryan Miller says the purpose is to open people's eyes to needs in their community and meeting those needs.

Just like years past, Branches drained it's account leaving just enough to cover the church's bills through December. It put 20, 50 and 100 dollar bills in stacks on a table, and at the end of one Sunday service offered anyone who knew of “a need” in their community a chance to fill it by grabbing cash. In addition to helping others, Pastor Miller says it's a chance for people to look at the world through another lens.

"If I have $100 in my pocket and I'm looking for needs, it changes your perspective on the world, because suddenly it's 'Where's a need? Where's a need? What can I do with this?'" said Pastor Miller.

The Dalzell family took up Pastor Miller on his offer and gave their cash to a teenage mom with nowhere to turn. They say they took her to Fred Meyer and bought her diapers, food and necessities not covered by welfare. They say they were happy to fill her cupboards, but even happier knowing this young mother felt loved.

The Pastor recognizes the complications that come with church and money. While he recognizes that running a church is a business, he says he's seen too many churches abuse the money they've been given. He says giving the money away and not storing it up is one way to avoid the abuse. Still, he recognizes the complications that come with it and the potential for others to abuse Branches' offer.

According Miller, “We can be really foolish with that, by not having any checks but our mantra is: if someone asks and we have it, we give it.”

After four years of giving money away, it's fair to say it's a mantra that is making a difference for the people who are receiving the money and for the people giving it.

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