Give them some food. One day when they finally have a home, they'll think of you and say: that's the girl that kept me alive. and who knows maybe they'll see you somewhere one day and say a 'thank you'. it's also nice to know you've helped someone. :)
1 year ago
Last edited at 12:49PM on 3/16/2013
The best thing you can do is donate food and/or volunteer to prepare food at a homeless shelter. I don't like to give out money because (& I know it's a sad stereotype!), many homeless people will not buy food w/ $$, rather they'll buy drugs &/or alcohol which only contributes to their continuing homeless-ness. I know that is not the case for ALL, but it is true for many & it's why I prefer donating food & clothing to homeless shelters. (Here's an idea I like: When grocery stores have "buy 1 get 1 (or 2) free," buy the item(s) for yourself & donate the free one(s), especially if it's an item you need, anyway.)
Food. I very rarely give money as it could be used to buy alcohol or drugs. Ill go get food or buy them a meal at a near by restaurant but no actual money. Just the other day i used my cell phone to find directions and transportation to the nearest homeless shelter for a woman who said she and her disabled husband were homeless. No money involved on my part.
Iv done both. God sees the heart and giving is giving. :) one time a man was sitting outside a 7-11 asking for exactly $2.50 for some food and explained how hungry he was.. I decided to help him bc i could that day. (normally i dont have much cash on me.). Then, i watched him ask the next person for the exact same amount for food. I thought about going up to him and asking for my $ back. Lol last summer i was at the park with my daughter, a homeless looking man walked by and yelled out to me, " hi, you gave me some spare change a few weeks back and i want to thank you for that." I was wow"d.
First they chose the life they live in, and believe me the got money in their pockets, I mean comon people they don't pay rent or bills, and earn Heka lot of money by doing nothing but just standing at the corner...Food is OK....
I usually buy them something to eat and a drink, but I don't always have the time to stop somewhere so I'll hand them dollar or two. Knowing that if I hand them money they could use it for booze, but I remember that the bible says that everything you do, do as if you were doing unto the Lord.
I I do feel bad enough to give them anything , it's normally a few dollars, I gave a women a bucket of chicken While working- and she sold the chicken - so , it doesn't matter what You give , just trying to see who really Needs the money or food is tough.
I have debated this in my head. I've concluded the point is to give help.I walked away from someone asking for money recently because I convinced myself he would buy drugs or alcohol. He asked for an odd amount and he was dressed conservatively. After I said no I went back to find him, point is you don't know where it goes, if no food is around to purchase next time I throw a few dollars. If someone is begging, that should be enough.
I do understand your dilemma and we should use good judgment when it comes to the giving of our finances. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in this matter and you can't go wrong.==============================He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. (Proverbs 19:17 KJV)
Some people feel comfortable handing out money, believing it is then up to the beggar to determine how to use it, whether to buy food or alcohol/drugs. Others give food/water instead of money, understanding that some beggars would not use the money for the uses the giver intended. What is the right thing to do? Biblically speaking, we are to help the poor. Rather than giving money or food/water, some prefer to offer transportation to a local shelter and/or provide financial support directly to the shelter. By supporting rescue missions financially, we help the poor who would otherwise be begging on the street. Other ways to help include giving food or gift cards to local restaurants, handing out energy bars or other non-perishables to the people on the street corners, or if the situation allows, taking the needy person(s) to a restaurant/grocery store and buying him/her a meal. God wants us to help the poor and blesses us when we do.Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-beggars.html#ixzz2Njmwj1Wq
1 year ago
Last edited at 1:48PM on 3/16/2013
Nothing. You are enabling. Beggars are often very well off. They do that for a living and make tons. Now we often see them holding food. Why? Because that way no one will think they need it and give them money instead. They are a danger to drivers. I feel very offended by one approaching as a women driving in town late at night. If they are homeless it's often due to drugs, alcohol or mental illness. Your dollars allow them NOT to seek the help they need. You will not see people who lost their jobs or homes recently begging. It's a choice. Give to shelters and food kitchens, they really need it. Do not give to beggars.
If a man asks for bread, do you give him a stone? If he seeks bread, you give bread. If you belong to a community where there is a soup kitchen or rescue mission, you may point him to the mission, but you have done nothing significant to help unless you also give to the mission. Pointing to a solution should be part, as well as giving to the solution. The poor will always be with us, because God desires us to learn compassion and love.
There is a difficulty we have in large metropolitan areas where people generally know nothing about each other and therefore a bit of verification is in order before "casting alms" (giving money). There have been documented cases of people teaching classes on how to look homeless and what works best when standing at say an on ramp asking for "help/money". This should never mean we shouldn't give money or some form of help, but there are wolves in sheep's clothing that when asking for money they are essentially asking for street drugs and alcohol or are swindling you and their own self respect. Be wise as serpents and gentle as doves. I have been ripped off, but have also found honest need as well. We are called to care for the poor and be good stuarts of what we have at the same time.
Giving them food, rather than money, would be better. I have heard far too many stories of people begging for money "for food," then going and spending it on drugs and alcohol. As a matter of fact, my dad used to work at a gas station. He recognized a beggar who had previously bought a lot of beer from the station he worked at. My opinion, if they claim they need food, give them food. So, if they really need it, they'll have it. If they're planning on deceiving and spending any money they collect on drugs and alcohol, you know your money isn't being wasted.
I?always give them whatever spare change or singles I have. I also keep old socks in the car to hand out in case I see one who does not have socks. Also if I have any unopened food in the car I will give them that as well. I figure I am at least trying to help and if they choose to buy drugs instead of food that is their own damn problem. I tried and that is the most I can do to help them, right? :)
If it were possible, food would be best, but that's not always practical. Most of us don't carry a pocketful of eats to give away. It's unlikely that most homeless people would accompany us to a fast food outlet so it's money or nothing.
I've done it both ways.
I was eating breakfast on a park bench in Christchurch (NZ) one day when a homeless guy asked if he could have some of my chips. (Healthy breakfast but I was only visiting.) He ate them and still looked hungry so I gave him the rest, then the piece of chicken I hadn't yet started. But it was a rare occurrence to actually have the food with me when he wanted it.
Usually I give money and that led to a very funny encounter in Sydney. I gave a guy a handout and he said, "Do you know the Devil?" I said, "Yep. He's a good mate of mine." He looked at me very seriously and said, "Well I've SEEN him." And so he had, while he had the DTs coming down from a binge -- and of all places to meet the Devil, it was while he was staying at the Salvation Army's homeless shelter.
1 year ago
Last edited at 8:42PM on 3/21/2013
If you give from your heart - give. How would you like it if you asked your friend if you can borrow some money and you knew you wanted to pay a certain bill - but your friend states that if you do not use the money for your mortgage or electric bill - they will not give you the money. How would you feel - if what you wanted to do would be to pay one of your outstanding credit card bill.
If you are moved to give - "give." No-matter what it is - food, water, money and even a place to live. Being homeless is a very devastating thing and even some animals have a place to live - are we not just as precious. They only have a piece of their dignity left - just leave what they have in tact.