Should I Give Money to the Homeless...

@Hart57 (359)
United States
December 10, 2007 3:33pm CST
When I get asked by the same people over and over again? There are a lot of homeless people in my neighborhood and I get asked for spare change on almost a daily basis. I try to give when I can. But I'm not sure I want some of these people to become dependent on me for a hand out. What if they're spending the money on drugs or alcohol? How would you handle the situation? Any thoughts? Comments?
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
11 Dec 07
This is always tough. I buy the food for them, like a sandwich, chips and a bottle of water or something like that. One guy actually refused the food but took the water. Makes you wonder. However, if you still want to give money to the homeless then I may I suggest to give your spare change to the Salvation Army. They have a good rep of using the money for these kinds of situations.Also, most homeless people know where all the shelters are or you can direct them to one. In any case, that's my 2 cents so to speak. Merry Christmas, my friend.
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@Hart57 (359)
• United States
11 Dec 07
The Salvation Army is a wonderful organization, and I have given them hundreds of dollars over the years (I use to buy vintage t-shirts there and resell them on eBay). It was a real win-win situation,to my way of thinking. Anyhow, your suggestion about directing the homeless to shelters is an excellent one. Merry Christmas to you as well.
• United States
10 Dec 07
No sadly you never give money to a homeless person.Carry around $1.00 fast food coupons offer them one . There they got them self a hamburger to eat at least . If restraunt near by offer them a free meal this way also works as well .
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@Hart57 (359)
• United States
11 Dec 07
Carrying around fast food coupons is an excellent suggestion, froggylovesu! It will be interesting to see how people respond to them. If they refuse them, then that would suggest to me that they want the money for "other" things.
@rsa101 (24893)
• Philippines
13 Dec 07
Although its true what you are doing is indeed good. But then there is always the risk that what you are giving out of love can be abused at times. It is a reality that many of those that asks for help will abuse your being giving person. But what is really important is that you give out of love and concern for your less forttunate people. When you already gave that it is their responsibility now on how they will best use it. If you are really not comfortable giving them why not give the money to charitable institutions that caters to these kind of people am pretty sure that what you will be giving will be given to those that deserve your help.
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@Hart57 (359)
• United States
13 Dec 07
That's excellent advice, rsa101. Thanks for responding.
@maddysmommy (16233)
• United States
12 Dec 07
Sometimes its hard to walk on by when a homeless person asks for spare change. If I have any on me then I give it regardless of what they want to use it for.
@Hart57 (359)
• United States
12 Dec 07
You have a good heart, maddysmommy. I would guess that the majority of people DO walk on by. Thanks for your response.
@hz0970 (3)
• China
11 Dec 07
This is we can meet everyday in the street.They come to us and ask for spare change.My friends tell me maybe they are more richer than us.The ask for just because they have some illness in their mind.And I think there is some people really need help.If I can I can get them some food .If they are young,I will persuard them go to work.I do not want to give them money,and they do bad things.
@Hart57 (359)
• United States
12 Dec 07
You know, there actually are some homeless people that have money, but, for whatever reason, choose to live on the street. Your right, it's a good idea to try to persuade a young homeless person to get a job.
@biggerb (2028)
• India
11 Dec 07
I think instead of handing out money its better to give food or clothing.You can even give money to organisations like the old age homes or to orphanages where they will put the money to good use.You also get the satisfaction that you have helped in your own way.Merry Christmas.
@Hart57 (359)
• United States
12 Dec 07
I agree wholeheartedly, biggerb. Merry Christmas!
• China
11 Dec 07
Most of time,I do give out my spare change to them .But, how much money i give mostly depends on how old the person is .I usually give more to the elderly ones, for their physical condition really can arouse my strong campassion, I want to give them a help, i want to relieve their sorrow, i also will give them a big smile for showing care.
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@Hart57 (359)
• United States
11 Dec 07
I'm with you, colourless, the elderly -- and the dissabled too -- are much more needy than an able-bodied young man with a sound mind, for instance. Oh, and smiles help as well. :-D
@amirev777 (3939)
• India
11 Dec 07
Hi! charity is always good-but they say charity starts at home-if ur self sufficient you can surely donate to others-but ur fears are not unfounded,you can never be sure that the money u donate will always be put in good use.
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@Hart57 (359)
• United States
11 Dec 07
That's true, amirev777, and that's why I'm going to start offering food instead of money.
@JaLuvYa (175)
• United States
10 Dec 07
I use to struggle with this one, especially because of one man imparticular. Now if they are asking for money for food... I'll grab them a sandwich or something from the nearest drive thru- they usually station themselves around a store or restaurant where it is busy- so it's not usually too inconvenient. I don't give money anymore because I don't want to be responsible for helping someone get a fix or get drunk. I'm not really not helping if I do that I don't feel. It's hard cause I want to help but I don't want to be a crutch either.
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@Hart57 (359)
• United States
11 Dec 07
That's true, JaLuvYa, they are frequently standing near restaurants or markets. I should start offering to buy them food. Good suggestion.