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Teen Makes Money Just to Give It Away

Posted August 2, 2007

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— Shannon Hatchel spends her summer the same way many 17-year-olds do – working. But that’s where the similarity stops.

Shannon works at CVS in Henderson and brings home a good chunk of change. The difference is, she donates most of it to charity.

“I just think people that don’t have it, they need it,” she said. “Why use it on me when people really need it, when I already have all I need?”

Since October, Shannon said, she has donated close to $2,000 to various charities. She learned the importance of giving back from her uncle, she said. He died of lung cancer last October.

“He was always going out of his way to help somebody out who had a need,” said John Hatchel, Shannon’s father.

Shannon now carries that legacy.

“As long as I have money, whoever asks, I will donate,” she said.

Shannon's most recent donation was to Jesica's Hope Chest, a non-profit that raises funds for critically ill children. And for the girl who said she doesn't deserve any type of recognition, Shannon got something back in return recently.

Mack Mahoney, with Jesica’s Hope Chest, presented her with four box-seat tickets to a Carolina Mudcats game.

“I’ve got grandchildren and daughters,” Mahoney said. “I raised some girls, and I know what they do with their money. And usually, it’s not giving it away to charities.”

Shannon said she doesn’t give away all her money. She keeps just enough to make her car payments.

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  • K9Tucker.LoveMYcop Aug 3, 2007

    matthew511995 - I know you must be very proud of your daugther. May God continue to bless you and your family

  • j and p Aug 3, 2007

    SO WHEN THE BIBLE SPEAKS IN THAT PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE ABOUT THE TEMPLE, WHAT DOES HE MEAN ? HE'S TALKING ABOUT THE CHURCH, LOOK, IF PREACHERS OR ANY MAN OR WOMAN OF GOD STEAL OR MISAPPROPIATE FUNDS AND THEY DON'T HAVE TO BE A PREACHER BY THE WAY AND OR CHARITIES MISUSE GOD'S MONEY, GOD WILL HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE BECAUSE IT IS GOD'S MONEY IN THE FIRST PLACE, ONCE YOU GIVE,ITS NOT YOURS ANYMORE, YOU GAVE WHY ? THAT BE LIKE TELLING JESUS I KNOW YOU DIED FOR ME AND I APPRECIATE IT , BUT I WANT TO STILL LIVE IN THE WORLD AND SERVE YOU TOO,WE CAN'T HOLD ON TO THE WORLD AND ITS MENTALITY, IT DONT WORK THAT WAY, HE CREATED US IN HIS IMAGE,NOT IN THE WORLD'S IMAGE, BESIDES HE MADE A WAY FOR YOU TO HAVE MONEY, ITS BECAUSE OF HIM, HE GIVES IT TO YOU OR ALLOWS YOU TO PROSPER AND BE IN GOOD HEALTH, WOULD 10 CENTS FROM EVERY DOLLAR DONATED TO THE CHURCH BE ENOUGH TO CLEAR ALL THE DOUBT AND CONFUSION THAT PEOPLE TRY TO PUT INTO ROBBING GOD ? NO BECAUSE PEOPLE CHANGE, GOD DOESNT CHANGE,PRAISE GOD !

  • Amusedone Aug 3, 2007

    Oops, oversight, not coversight.

  • Amusedone Aug 3, 2007

    If we are going to start quoting the bible...tithing by definition means "a tenth"--so if you are suppose to "tithe" you are suppose to give 10%. This is suppose to go to the TEMPLE, not so preachers can drive BMWs and wear diamond rings.

    Peter 5:2 "Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the coversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; "

  • Amusedone Aug 3, 2007

    There is a reason why most people don't have money...because they are not willing to do what it takes to get it. Don't get me wrong, there are INSTANCES where people need help. Help a person once, that's great. Twice...you are a sweetheart. Three times...you are probably getting played. There are VERY few people who can not support themselves. Many choose not to. My father passed away leaving 5 kids under 10 years old to my mother. She supported us and never went on welfare. My sister has cerebal palsey and still completely supports her self. Not all jobs are easy or glamorous, but there is one for everyone. This girl should concentrate on securing her future. If everyone took responsibility for themselves we would all be better off.

  • j and p Aug 3, 2007

    FOR ALL TO KNOW ---- I AM SHANON'S FATHER

  • j and p Aug 3, 2007

    OR SHOULD I SAY....... SEE THERE I GO AGAIN

  • j and p Aug 3, 2007

    WHEN JESUS SAID.............. SEE IM NOT PERFECT, JUST FORGIVEN

  • j and p Aug 3, 2007

    OF MONEY

  • j and p Aug 3, 2007

    WELL I HAVE READ THE PRO'S AND CON'S, HOW DID THE LOVE OF MONEY BEGIN ANYWAYS ? THRU MAN RIGHT ? SO WHEN WE QUOTE ABOUT THE LOVE MONEY, LETS NOT BLAME GOD OR THE CHURCH, BECAUSE HE WHO WAS WITHOUT SIN, BORE OUR SINS, WE JESUS SAID THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL, HE WAS TALKING ABOUT US, NOT HIM, WE SHOULD GIVE BECAUSE WE WANT TO GIVE, WHETHER ITS OUT OF SELF INTEREST OR BECAUSE IT REALLY DOES COME FROM YOUR HEART, WE CAN"T HAVE THE RIGHT HEART IF JESUS IS NOT IN THERE, WHEN HE SPOKE ABOUT OUR PROBLEMS NOT HIS, HE SPOKE IN PARABLES SO WE COULD UNDERSTAND, THATS HOW ILLITERATE WE WERE, OUR SHOULD I SAY SELF RIGHTEOUS, HE SAYS IN HIS WORD IN THE BOOK OF JOHN THE 3RD CHAPTER, IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, THAT HE CAME TO THE WORLD NOT TO CONDEMN THE WORLD BUT THAT THE WORLD THROUGH HIM MIGHT BE SAVED, SO WY DO WE ALWAYS TRY TO PUT THE BLAME BACK ON GOD'S SON ?

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