Mysterious gifts appear at Jesus the Homeless

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — It is said that ‘The Lord works in mysterious ways’, and some believe that’s what’s happening in downtown Buffalo.

Ever since its arrival a few days ago, people have been bringing offerings to the new “Homeless Jesus” statue outside of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at Main & Church Streets downtown. They are offerings apparently meant for Buffalo’s homeless.

“Yesterday, I came and there was some money on the statue but today I came and there was a hat and a scarf,” church member Rachel Pinti said.

The Very Reverend Will Mebane says people have left food, books, and even a pair of eyeglasses.

“It’s just amazing what’s all been collected,” he said. “It’s the wildest thing. Never imagined it would happen.”

Each day church staff takes a load of it to Friends of Night to give to the homeless, but sometimes it disappears first.

“Late in the afternoon we got a shot of this bag with candy and a juice box,” he said. “There was a note inside the bag that said ‘Jesus Loves you. Hunger isn’t just a physical thing, it’s an emotional thing. You’ll make it through it.'”

Hours later it was gone.

“It’s okay with us if someone needs something that’s there,” Mebane said. “I think that’s what the people leaving it there intended that it be used.”

Rachel Pinti thinks it’s amazing.

“I mean, I really enjoy that it’s symbolic of something that’s real, and I think goes unnoticed sometimes,” she said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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