90-year-old priest hands out cash

March 18, 2009 4:47:03 AM PDT
The Rev. Maurice Chase celebrated his 90th birthday yesterday.

But he wasn't getting presents -- he was giving them.

The Catholic priest took $15,000 in cash to Skid Row in L.A. and handed out $100 bills and singles.

Twenty wheelchair-bound people received crisp, new Benjamins, while the rest got 1 to 3 bucks each.

Chase is an institution on Skid Row.

He's handed out cash, plastic rosaries and blessings every Sunday for 24 years.

Police were watching yesterday, to make sure nothing got out of hand, as Father Chase was handing out cash.

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