mite box

mite box (plural mite boxes)

  1. A box, especially in a church, into which small charitable donations for the needy may be placed; (now commonly) any of a number of cardboard boxes distributed for individual donations.
    • 1951, Eleanor Estes, Ginger Pye, 2004, page 20 ↗,
      Even if there had been time for mite boxes they were not such a good idea after all, she corrected herself. […] It was not a neat and tidy mite box the way Beulah Ball's was; it was a dirty, torn, loose mite box, and so was Jerry's.
    • 2003, Carol Bonomo, Humble Pie: St. Benedict's Ladder of Humility, page 46 ↗,
      For us, Lent was about the mite boxes we were given in each Sunday school class through sixth grade.
    • 2005, Marty Toohey, Bronx Boy: A Memoir, page 76 ↗,
      Sister Vincetta, principal of St. Augustine's Elementary School, told us that the pennies in the mite box fed starving children all over China.
  • (box for small donations) alms box, poor box

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