06/19/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

CROSS TIMBERS COMMUNITY CHURCH, OFFERING PLATE: Needy take from the collection plate

A North Texas pastor still passes the collection plate at Cross Timbers Community Church, but now he tells struggling members of his congregation to take what they need, KDAF-TV reports.

Toby Slough, pastor of the non-denominational church in Argyle, Texas, says the church has given away half a million dollars in the past two months. Some has gone to single moms and widows in trouble, some to a local mission, some to people behind on their utility bills.

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