Have you ever given a homeless person on the street any money?

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  1. dashingscorpio profile image88
    dashingscorpioposted 3 years ago

    Have you ever given a homeless person on the street any money?

    If the answer is yes: Is it something you frequently do or rarely ever do? If it's rarely can you remember what the circumstances were that caused you to make an "exception". If you have never given a homeless person a single dime in your life is there a particular reason why not? Are you more likely give money if the person has some of "act" as is plays an instrument, sings, has a dog or monkey that performs tricks, or approaches you with a hilarious sense of humor story as to why he/she wants the money? In other words is it (you) or (them) that determines if you're in a altruistic mood?

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  2. ChristinS profile image94
    ChristinSposted 3 years ago

    I have given both food and money to the homeless.  I haven't walked a mile in their shoes, so who am I to judge?  People would scold me all the time for giving to the homeless - saying things like I was enabling their bad habits by giving them money over food and that they would just "drink" that money etc. 

    Perhaps that's true, perhaps not.  I wasn't there to see how they spent it.  Perhaps it got them a cup of coffee, or some personal needs for a day. 

    Several years ago, I worked in a swanky downtown hotel and the staff always had to enter through the garage and we'd often see homeless people duck into this area out of the elements.  They'd be promptly shooed away by most security guards there, and we were threatened if we fed them or gave to them.  As I stood there in the shadow of this luxury hotel it made me very angry that people thought they were not only so much better than these people, but that we should ignore them and act as though they had some kind of contagious disease simply because they were homeless.

    They weren't hurting anyone, and with all the food that place threw away daily?  I'd take food out to them and if I couldn't get away with that I'd give them whatever bit of cash I could spare even if it was just change or a buck or two. 

    So much of society has lost their humanity it seems.  These people are human beings and they deserve dignity and respect, so I have no problem giving money, water, food whatever I can.  Where I am now we don't see any homeless people, but if we did - I'd help them.

    1. dashingscorpio profile image88
      dashingscorpioposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I have given money from time to time but on rare occasions. The more aggressive the person is the more they turn me off. One guy got me good though. I went into the gas station to pay cash for a pump and upon my return he was filling my car!

    2. Alessio Ganci profile image77
      Alessio Ganciposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I have done it, but rarely... I am always afraid some people are cheating and are not really poor... and unfortunately I also have seen people who is clearly not poor, asking for money... for that reason I prefer donate money to trusted associations.

    3. gmwilliams profile image83
      gmwilliamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      @ ChristinS, +1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, there for the grace of God goes I.

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Great job CS!  You're giving according to Scripture!  "...Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done unto me." (Matt 25:40)

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      redabookposted 3 years agoin reply to this

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  3. UnnamedHarald profile image95
    UnnamedHaraldposted 3 years ago

    There are some on ramps in the area (Cedar Rapids) that are frequented by panhandlers or homeless individuals-- who can tell? Our main paper did some investigative reporting, following some of these people and discovered they had nice cars hidden away and, after further digging determined that it was fairly lucrative. I don't usually give them anything, but I have given under other circumstances-- usually when the person is not asking for a handout but is obviously in need. A few months ago I spotted an old man on his bicycle struggling up a hill with a huge plastic bag of empty pop cans on his rear fender. I pulled over, got out and approached him. I asked him if he'd be offended if I gave him $20 (I didn't know how else to leave him his dignity). He said "no" and I handed him the money, which he thanked me for. So, I guess I decide when I'm feeling altruistic.

    1. dashingscorpio profile image88
      dashingscorpioposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      $20! You were feeling altruistic!
      I too have heard of people who panhandled for a living. One boasted of "earning" up to $300 per day. Like you I prefer not deal with the aggressive ones. I hate feeling hustled..

    2. fpherj48 profile image76
      fpherj48posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      David & dashing.....Well, it takes time and energy to panhandle too!  If a guy puts in 8 hrs a day...that's his job!!    LOL

    3. dashingscorpio profile image88
      dashingscorpioposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Paula, That's also tax free income too! smile

    4. fpherj48 profile image76
      fpherj48posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      The guy's using his damned head!!  Next thing you know he'll be holding Seminars in the Public Park!!

    5. Kat-martin profile image61
      Kat-martinposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I am more apt to give  $ to the homeless guy that has no talent....you know, the one who everyone is walking past to give to the performer.

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Dav: Just "give" as Jesus said.  If lying, God will deal w/him!

  4. fpherj48 profile image76
    fpherj48posted 3 years ago

    When I worked in the heart of our nearby major city, only there would I even observe what appeared to be ":homeless" people.  I'm a real bleeding heart by nature and cannot ignore social ills staring me in the face.

    I would often buy food for a couple of the old men who sat up against the buildings outside.  I have given money, but my husband continually told me not to do that in public in broad daylight.   He figured it would encourage any thugs to follow me or mug me.  So that sort of scared me.....for a while.

    The street entertainers always manage to get some money from me.....I'm your basic sap.  I'm one of those people that if I were wealthy, I'd open a central shelter for the homeless where they could get food, shelter, clothing and some friendship.

    My sister thought I was an old softy.  She always told me that the guy begging on the streets probably had his BMW parked in the alley way.   LOL.....She had our Mom's cynical attitude.....I had my Dad's compassionate heart.....but I believe all people are generous in their own ways and give for different reasons.   I just know that people need people.

    1. dashingscorpio profile image88
      dashingscorpioposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I'm sometimes a sucker for street entertainers as well. At least they are trying to exchange their talent for money.
      You never know; one of them may hit it big one day.
      It's happened before.smile

    2. fpherj48 profile image76
      fpherj48posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Well, yes....but they ain't gonna remember we helped to feed them when they were broke!!  LOL.....Fame & fortune has a way of wiping out the memory!

    3. RTalloni profile image92
      RTalloniposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Cynicism is a safeguard, compassion its balancing act.  smile  Your parents' mix had good lessons for their children!  On street entertainers, they offer a "service" for "their keep" and can't always be considered in the same context as needy/homeless.

    4. Say Yes To Life profile image80
      Say Yes To Lifeposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Dashing Scorpio - Bob Dylan was a street musician.  So was Brian Jones, founder of the Rolling Stones.

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, "people need people."  Continue to do as Jesus said & you will be blessed!

  5. Desireeshook31 profile image60
    Desireeshook31posted 3 years ago

    yes I have given to the homeless. I was brought up that we are all made up of Gods image and we all need to help one another of whatever we can give. Why or what happened to them to have them be in that kind of circumstance only they know, but we all have no right to judge regardless of what they have done or anything of that nature. We have not walked in their shoes and theres nothing wrong with giving any and all of what you can because you never know what tomorrow will bring because you may be the next person that needs that help of what you give out whether it be a little help or it may be your last dime in your pocket.

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      So "True!"

  6. Aime F profile image83
    Aime Fposted 3 years ago

    I very rarely carry any cash with me and I tell people that when they ask for spare change. Every time I've had change I've given it to someone if they asked. I never really have more than $2 in change on me and usually I would just use it for a coffee, so I don't see it being a big deal to give it to someone else instead. It could buy them a snack when they haven't eaten all day which I think is more important than a cup of coffee for myself.

    My husband is big on buying homeless people food if we're near a grocery store or have leftovers from a restaurant. He passed a guy and his dog once who had a sign saying he couldn't afford food for his dog. So my husband went and bought a package of food for his dog. The man lost it on him, saying he needed MONEY because he's hungry too. I think that kind of put him off a bit but he still does it quite often.

    1. dashingscorpio profile image88
      dashingscorpioposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      My brother once offered to buy a guy a "happy meal" with his remaining change at McDonalds and the homeless guy said:
      "I don't want no damn HAPPY Meal! I want some money!"
      I guess the "will work for food" sign was a lie. LOL!

    2. ChristinS profile image94
      ChristinSposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      maybe he wanted the chance to choose his own meal not be patronized with a "happy meal" - your brother had good intentions I'm sure, but offering an adult a happy meal like they are a child? come on. Id offer a burger or something instead.

    3. dashingscorpio profile image88
      dashingscorpioposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      According to his alcohol breath odor something tells me food was the last thing on his mind!
      On another note one of my pet peeves is pan handlers who hang out near ATM machines. I think that should be illegal!smile

    4. fpherj48 profile image76
      fpherj48posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      LOL....actually one more bottle of cheap booze can only serve to end their misery a bit sooner.....they've all got one foot in the grave anyway.  Choices..it's all about choices. 90% don't need to wind up on the streets.

    5. fpherj48 profile image76
      fpherj48posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Of course he didn't want "no damned Happy Meal!!"  He wanted a "Happy drink!"  It was probably "Happy Hour!"  What's wrong with your brother??  LOL

    6. Aime F profile image83
      Aime Fposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I dunno, if I were hungry I would probably be thankful for ANY kind of meal, be it happy or not. I think there's something to the "beggars can't be choosers" phrase here. That said, I prefer to give money so they can choose if they want.

    7. dashingscorpio profile image88
      dashingscorpioposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Aime, I hear you! I once heard a radio talk show host state he was coming out of an Italian restaurant and gave  a homeless man his left overs. The man looked inside the styrofoam container and said to the radio host; "What, no garlic bread?"

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      All very funny but "judging" which is not our job according to Scripture!  Just "give" as Scripture says & let God handle the rest!

  7. Sharp Points profile image94
    Sharp Pointsposted 3 years ago

    Yes I have, plenty of times. I used to do it more often whenever seeing someone on a freeway exit or wherever. Over the years I have met a few people who have been in that situation and it made me more hesitant to donate.

    One man that I met was a panhandler from Los Angeles who drove a much nicer car than I do. The others said they'd make about the same amount as me per day ($100-$200) but I was working an honest construction job that I hated. So experiencing that made me assume that they are all like that even though that's far from reality. I would still want to help though!

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Just follow His Word!  "Love thy neighbor as thyself!"

  8. connorj profile image80
    connorjposted 3 years ago

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    Indeed I give whenever I have change in my pocket. It is too little and perhaps too late; however, it is something. I always mention to them that it is not from me it is from the "big Sky Guy" and "do with it what you must"...

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      It is "from the big Sky Guy" & not for us to "judge" what one does with it which is between him & "the big Sky Guy!"

    2. connorj profile image80
      connorjposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Indeed...

  9. Dr Billy Kidd profile image91
    Dr Billy Kiddposted 3 years ago

    I give money to homeless people and mothers, along with anyone in dire straights. I don't think about it. I just do it.
    I thought about why because, as a shrink, you've looked at the research. People often give money, research says, to those who they momentarily identify with.
    I give for a different reason. Through the roll of the dice, my life circumstances let me have enough money to get by comfortably. And I realize I just as easily could be that homeless person, given different life circumstances.

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      "I realize I just as easily could be that homeless person, given different life circumstances."  And so it is!  But by the Grace of God, there go I! 

      "Love thy neighbor as thyself!"  Great job & understanding!

    2. Dr Billy Kidd profile image91
      Dr Billy Kiddposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, Norine.

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I will always "praise" those who adhere to the Word of God & (unfortunately for me in this life)  "correct" those who has wrong understanding Dr!

      You're welcome! 

      Keep "Going and Growing" in Jesus!

    4. savvydating profile image95
      savvydatingposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Billy....that's awesome. Interesting about the research as well.

  10. peachpurple profile image82
    peachpurpleposted 3 years ago

    i gave once, $5 but turned out that this kid always beg for money at bus stops everyday, guess what he bought? a packet of cigarette! He is just below 10 for his height and built

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      "Once" not according to His Word!  Read Jer 16:17-18!  Not for us to "judge!" He has cursed himself!

  11. RTalloni profile image92
    RTalloniposted 3 years ago

    The person sitting in the picture provided could be anyone up to anything.  He might simply be resting a moment as he moves through town on his way to a warmer climate, he might be quite dangerous.  He might be waiting to walk away from that suitcase full of money, drugs, or explosives at a specific time, or he might be a detective on an undercover assignment.  He might be hiding in plain sight, or he might be sick with any number of diseases or disorders. The person really could be anyone up to anything.

    Though in the past I have given to individuals, I learned that the best thing to do is guide them to a sound organization where they can get the help that they need.  So, though I do not say that I will never give to an individual on the street again, I have learned that the best thing to do is to have information in my phone on sound organizations that the person can connect with for help if they want real help. I have learned that the street people are usually well acquainted with the organizations and already know whether they want real help or not. 

    It is crucial to carefully examine the complicated issues that everyone faces with the homeless in order to have the most helpful responses to their situation.  There are individuals to consider, as well as community populations.  Also, getting a grip on the realities of the homeless and their circumstances is a matter of safety, sometimes life and death, for everyone involved. 

    Feeling compassionate towards anyone who appears to be needy is part of our humanity, but being in a selfish or unselfish mood does not have to have anything to do with our responses once we educate ourselves and are well prepared to respond to those who seem to need help.  Lists of resources for the homeless are easily found in most cities and with today's technology, connecting with them is just as easy.

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Not for us to "judge" for it's btwn man & God!  Jn 21:22 "Just follow me!" Do as He says!

  12. Say Yes To Life profile image80
    Say Yes To Lifeposted 3 years ago

    I have given both food and money, on occasion, if the person looked especially distressed.  If the person looks like a threat, I won't give.  There were a few occasions when the person has insulted me, or tried to coerce me; I won't give then, either.  I understand in some business districts, merchants discourage giving to panhandlers; they have cards for customers to hand out instead.  The cards list social services that can help the homeless and needy.
    About street artists - I was one! We are not beggars; we are simply using a public street to ply our trade.  I played guitar and sang in Berkeley, San Francisco, Palo Alto,  and Venice Beach.  One band named Duo Essence actually made more money on the street than in clubs.  Some of us have albums out (though I don't).  Some even earn a living that way.  I didn't do that either, but I had many interesting adventures! Maybe someday, I'll write some on HubPages.

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Scripture says "Love thy neighbor as thyself" not give according to one's looks!  Did Jesus do this?  Read verses in Proverbs in my response!

  13. Kate Mc Bride profile image86
    Kate Mc Brideposted 3 years ago

    To be honest dashingscorpio I rarely do I am ashamed to say. However my son emptied his pockets one day in Dublin City and he was only 12 or so at the time-was so proud of him.This is a good question.

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      "Out of the mouth of babes" (Ps 8:2; Matt 21:16) nothing but "Truth!"

  14. csmiravite-blogs profile image60
    csmiravite-blogsposted 3 years ago

    Yes. I have given money and food. I do it everytime.

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Yes "Do it everytime!"  Not for us to "judge," but do as Jesus said "Love thy neighbor as thyself!"

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    ahorsebackposted 3 years ago

    The tragedy of giving these days is that    its so hard to tell who is  and who isn't truly in need .     I have given and have a pretty good eye  for identifying the genuine  needy .      The lack of integrity and  moral direction though allows some- not so needy- to  openly ask for money .

    It  really bugs me to see  a man under the influence of something  , smoking cigarettes and holding  up a sign !

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Judge "righteous judgment" (Jn 7:24) which means according to His Word!  "Love thy neighbor as thyself" is Written!

    2. RTalloni profile image92
      RTalloniposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Responding wisely takes courage, discernment, and insight.  Being knowledgeable re organizations that can offer real help (immediate and long term) is easy and useful.  Also, they know how to work within the law, and often know cons from legitimate

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      RT: Not for us to "decide" (judge)!  Let GOD be the judge! Jn 21:22 "Just follow me" or do as Jesus says! Yes, we know they know but it's btwn them & God! We must do as He says in His Word & not worry! Turn other cheek! Lk 6:29!

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      ahorsebackposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      That would be great except that  ALL need to do that ! Even those who portray homelessness  as a living ! The scripture works Both ways , those who give and those who ask as well!

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Horseback: Not for us to question! We do our part according to His Word! God will take care of him.  Jer 16:17-18.  Their curse!

    6. RTalloni profile image92
      RTalloniposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      We are instructed to be good stewards according to Scripture by exercising wisdom and discernment, in other words, careful judgement in all things, including our giving so that we do good and not harm when compassionately reaching out to others.

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    somersbyposted 3 years ago

    I usually give food if I see a homeless person.  I have given spare change on a couple of occasions,I just felt it was the right thing to do,on one occasion the homeless person grabbed my hand and kissed it,he said that I had been the first person who had stopped to talk to him.

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Great job!  Giving is according to Scripture!

  17. lisavollrath profile image95
    lisavollrathposted 3 years ago

    In the late 80s, I lived on Capitol Hill in DC, where there were lots of homeless people sleeping on the Metro grates, being stepped over by folks on their way to work at the House and Senate buildings. I was disgusting to see this happening in our Nation's capitol. Even worse: a lot of those homeless were Vietnam vets.

    I had to weave my way through all this to get from my apartment on the Hill, to the bagel shop where most of my coworkers at the theatre got their breakfast, and then back again to our offices, behind the Library of Congress. I often bought two of whatever I was having: bagels with cream cheese and coffee. I had them bagged separately, and handed one off to the first homeless guy I saw who was awake and sitting up. A lot of the folks who worked with me did the same.

    It wasn't money, but it was breakfast and a hot cup of coffee, obtained without having to go into a restaurant, only to be thrown out because they were dirty.

    When I lived in New York, I tended to keep change in my pocket, and drop it into the cup of any street hustler who made me laugh. A lot of people sit on the sidewalk and shake cups of change, but some of them had a patter going, to get people to notice them. There were often guys along my regular route who said things that made me laugh, and I was happy to part with some change for that.

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      As written in His Word~!  "Love thy neighbor as thyself!"

    2. lisavollrath profile image95
      lisavollrathposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, what a surprise: an irrelevant, Bible-thumping comment. You are nothing if not predictable, Norine.

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Lisa!  Nothing but WORD is of relevance in things pertaining to life!

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    Norine Williamsposted 3 years ago

    Yes, I give for it is according to the Word of God!

    Everything, I mean EVERYTHING, pertaining to life is found in the Word of GOD! 

    If interested in His Word regarding "giving to the poor," check out the following Scriptures:

    Proverbs 21:13 - "Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard." 

    Proverbs 22:9 - "He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor."

    Proverbs 28:27 - "He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack, but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse."

    If we are to "Love thy neighbor as thyself" (Matt 22:39; Mk 12:30-31) we should give!  Therefore, I give!

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Do ALL see how important it is to respond to questions according to the Word of God?  If GOD said it, one's disagreement is not w/you but GOD!  Matt 7:1;Lk6:37 tells "US" not to judge but let HIS WORD judge (Jn 7:24) "righteous" with ONLY HIS WORD!

    2. Shyron E Shenko profile image81
      Shyron E Shenkoposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Norine Williams,  read Matthew 6:1-4! In fact you could continue to read the whole 6th chapter of Matthew.
      I think you are making Scorpio's question into a religious one, and I think it was meant as humanitarian, & I rather see a Sermon than hea

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Shyron: I didn't say "brag" about one's giving, rather "give" according to Scripture!  What's wrong w/what the Word says?

  19. peeples profile image94
    peeplesposted 3 years ago

    I have followed this post since you posted it a few days ago. I was curious of the responses. As someone who has been homeless twice in my life, and written a good bit on the topic, I wondered if people would comment kindly or judgmental. I was also curious as to who determined their giving. I'm happy to see many kind answers.
    I have given. I even gave when I was homeless, looking back maybe that was stupid of me, but I also saw people worse off than myself. I'm pretty street wise. I can spot someone geeked up on meth from a mile away and will not under any circumstances give them money. I will give them food if they want it or one of the homeless ziplock bags in my trunk filled with hygiene supplies and snacks.
    While I am at it though I would like to set the record straight. Being homeless is hard work both mentally and physically. Only an estimated 8% of homeless people panhandle and nearly 35% of homeless are parents with children (families). Lastly an estimated nearly 27% of homeless people were institutionalized (foster care, group homes, mental hospitals, etc.) as a child. So while it may be easy to judge, people should inform themselves before they do. Not very many WANT to panhandle, be poor, and not know where they are sleeping that night.
    So for those afraid to give money, make gallon ziplock bags and put them in your car. Include the things they may need along with a juice box or two and some small snacks. As for the performers, they ARE working. It might not be the type of work you do, but it is work. Throw them a couple dollars or some change. Everyone can afford to drop some change in. Personally I pick who I give based on my best perception of their need, and sometimes I give even if I think that money will go towards a beer or some smokes, because being homeless is hard, and if they can feel normal for a couple hours then that is wonderful!

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      "Personally I pick who I give based on my best perception of their need, .." Just "give" as commanded & let GOD "judge!" Rd Jer 16:17-18 "...their sin double..." if lying!  Their curse!

    2. dashingscorpio profile image88
      dashingscorpioposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      peeples, Thanks for your answer! Are you aware of people who (choose) to be homeless rather than move in with family or friends? I never lived on the streets but I was in a run down hotel in Hollywood. I could have moved back to the Midwest.

    3. peeples profile image94
      peeplesposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Norine, I'm not well off enough to give to all, I have to pick and choose. Yes Dashing, I also know the amounts of those are low % of the people who are homeless. Often family are too far away, ask for more than can be given, etc.

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Peep: Of course no one has enough to give ALL!  God knows your pocketbook as well!  He "looks @ ur heart" too! 

      Since u've been there, u can relate &  I admire one that has been there yet endured! 

      U're a strong woman! 

      God Bless!

    5. fpherj48 profile image76
      fpherj48posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Norine..Are your incessant Bible Quips & preachy comments FREE?  Or has dashing hired you to jump in on every comment w/ UR Sunday morning spiel ad nauseum.  Shouldn't you be in church?

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Paula: Why r u so mean? What's wrong? I am @ church! Scripture says "For where there r 2 or 3 gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst" (Matt 18:20) & I am w/2 r 3 "believers" this morning!  So I'm "@ church" everyday!  How about u?

    7. fpherj48 profile image76
      fpherj48posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I do not belong to a "church." Obviously it's not necessary for any of us.  We have YOU! ..Oh, I'm just a mean old witch, Norine who is 100% adverse to unsolicited preaching & arbitrary Bible banging. Feel better now that U know?

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Paula: Yes, ur blessed to have someone remind u (me)!  Giving is according to the Word of God whether u blv or not!  Doing what Scripture requires "Lifting my brothers/sisters up!"

    9. Kylyssa profile image95
      Kylyssaposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      In my opinion, this is the best answer.

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Paula: You "follow" me around "insulting" trying to "stop" God's Word, but get your Bible & remember Is 5:20-23 (n part)   "Woe unto them who "take away the righteousness of the righteous fm him."

      Be very careful!  You don't know who's who!

  20. Leon Gaunt profile image56
    Leon Gauntposted 3 years ago

    i do, i'm living in a homeless hostel at the moment (uk) not through prison, drug abuse etc. my marriage ended and i got referred here.  i'm one of the lucky few.  giving some coins or a sandwich to someone on the streets is just a basic display of compassion towards a fellow human.  people who see a stray dog or cat would put out a plate of water or food but cross the street to avoid a homeless person.  so what if they spend the few coins they have on a substance to help take their minds off their situation for an hour or two, who doesn't have a beer or a glass of wine after a hard day at work?  imagine walking the streets 18-20 hours a day, carrying your possessions with you, not knowing where your next piece of food comes from (mainly from bins, discarded by other humans) sleeping when and where you have to, knowing if you get seen you will get moved on, assaulted, urinated on.  homelessness doesn't put you at the front of the line for job interviews, housing etc either, so being told to 'get a damn job' actually doesn't help.  yes, some homeless have followed a path (drugs, crime etc)  where some might say that homelessness is a 'just reward' but aren't we all members of the same race?  rant over smile

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      "..but cross the street to avoid a homeless person." Reminds me of Lk 10:31! 

      ALL should remember "But by the Grace of God, there go "I!"

      All should do as commanded "give" & God knows who has!

      I'm praying for u!  Blessings!

    2. peeples profile image94
      peeplesposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Love your post. So true, people will run to rescue an animal, but ignore or even hate their fellow human. Good luck and I hope everything works out for you.

  21. profile image0
    Anastasia Rokinaposted 3 years ago

    Altruism cannot be defined by an external factor. Sometimes people can be altruistic, sometimes not.

    I've given money to homeless, but it's not the lack of money that's the problem. It's the system.

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, "The system!"  I had friend w/mental issue (given mickey), homeless, & eventually died! Where was "the system?"  It's nothing like JESUS!

  22. blessedp profile image80
    blessedpposted 3 years ago

    Yes I do, but when I'm driven to do so. Too many beggars and not all are in need of money for the basic necessities of life. Some beg to purchase drugs.
    It is hard to see some homeless people and not give to them.
    For me as long as I can I will give. My wealth or blessings aren't for myself only but to be shared amongst the needy.
    God bless. Thanks for the question.

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Giving "stores blessing up!"  Great job!

    2. blessedp profile image80
      blessedpposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      It surely does store up blessings.

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Girl you know THE WORD!

      Amen!

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    brandonbutlerposted 3 years ago

    I Once Was Homeless And Given Money To Myself With The Money That I Found On The Street And Sidewalk. True Story But Funny And God Provided For Me In Creative Ways And Kept Me Safe Throughout That Ordeal I Went Through In My Life At One Time In The Past. God Is Good And Blessed Me Richly Through It And When I Came Out Of That Homelessness In Victory Then And Forever By The Grace Of God. Glory To God. Thank You Jesus. Amen.

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      BB: Yes, thank and praise His Holy Name!  He will provide as He does daily for each of us for most r just a paycheck away from the situation.  But by the Grace of God, goes I!  Thank you Lord!

  24. Hui (蕙) profile image79
    Hui (蕙)posted 3 years ago

    I do, all the time. Can't say in an altruisic mood, but can't ignore it when pass or saw a homelessness, sometimes with a hungry dog. However, many times feel confused if it is all correct. Some people tell, or even some media teach, that not all homelessness are real, and often are fake.

    1. profile image57
      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Don't worry about them being "fake" Hui!  Read Jeremiah 16:17-18 "...their sin will double..."  God got them!  You do as Jesus said in John 21:22 "Just follow me!" Do as He says!

  25. iggy7117 profile image76
    iggy7117posted 3 years ago

    I done it a few times and I will no longer do it because I saw him buy alcohol right after giving him the money. I still offer to buy them food if a store is near but no more giving of money.

    1. profile image57
      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Iggy: See response to Hui above!  Just do as Jesus said!  Who can "get" anyone better than God?  Not you nor I!  Jn 21:22 "Just follow me!"

  26. lorenfawnhubs profile image74
    lorenfawnhubsposted 3 years ago

    I've given money, food and cloth to homeless many times, and it feels so satisfying every time i do that.

  27. stoyan88 profile image63
    stoyan88posted 3 years ago

    I give homeless people only food, because here in my country there are a lot of people forcing their children to beg for money

  28. supremeupbeat k profile image66
    supremeupbeat kposted 3 years ago

    yes, I have given. But I can not remember when and how.

  29. Dwight Phoenix profile image79
    Dwight Phoenixposted 3 years ago

    Yep........

    Somewhere between rarely and often.

    Good question.

  30. clivewilliams profile image83
    clivewilliamsposted 3 years ago

    of course....money is nothing....just paper and ink govt regulate to themselves.

  31. Sundeep Kataria profile image67
    Sundeep Katariaposted 3 years ago

    May I twist the question slightly please? It is not that I have given or not but it is the duty or dharma of every resourceful person to help the other person who is needy. Secondly, the act of giving should be so secret that if you are giving with the right hand then the left hand should not know about it.

    In this context, I am reminded of a story where a saint cum fakir used to give money and with his eyes always looking down. When asked, he said I do not want to know that to who I am giving lest I become polluted with the ego that "I am the giver." - whereas it is the GOD who is the giver - I am merely a channel.

    This is how you create a good karma.

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      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, we are "merely a channel" for it is from the "Big Guy in the Sky!"
      Thank God we can be "a channel" which "stores up blessings for us!"

  32. MarieLB profile image82
    MarieLBposted 3 years ago

    How heart-warming to know that there are so many people who are willing to help out those who need it.

    I have often been given all sorts of reasons why I should not give to a homeless person but I feel that I have to give him/her the benefit of the doubt.  Maybe that person is able-bodies, maybe they should be working, but being a beggar on the streets is no picnic either, so there has to be a strong reason for someone to live that life.

    I have never had to go hungry because I gave to a homeless person, so what's the big deal about sharing?

    1. profile image57
      Norine Williamsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Ps 37:25 "...yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor "his seed" begging bread!"

  33. Kylyssa profile image95
    Kylyssaposted 3 years ago

    I give homeless people money when I have cash on me. It's almost completely dependent on whether or not I'm carrying physical money or not. If I'm going downtown for any reason, I try to carry some small bills, but I'm not great at remembering to do so. It's easier if I'm going somewhere in my partner's car because I always keep small bills and change in it.

    The only occasions when I've had physical money on hand but didn't give someone I saw begging any of it, it had to do with my uneasiness regarding their approach. I'll admit I'm a somewhat skittish woman with PTSD and can find myself unable to approach people who provoke an irrational fear response by yelling or screaming. It has resulted in me not giving money to severely mentally ill homeless guys on occasion.

  34. alekdo profile image80
    alekdoposted 3 years ago

    Sometimes I give money to people in the street, but I don't do that pretty often - not because I don't wish to do that, but because I try to observe the person's behavior. Let me explain that. If I see a drunken man sitting on the side of the street asking for money, why would I give it to him/her? It is obvious that he/she will go to the nearest store to get another portion of alcohol. However, if I see that the person is really in need, I always try to help financially- even if it is a couple of dollars or cents.   I can also go to the shop to buy some bread or other products for this person, but, again, I don’t do that often just because I’m always too busy.

  35. word55 profile image70
    word55posted 3 years ago

    Yes, I have given and still do. In my hometown homeless people are all over the city. I give because I feel blessed to have a nice home although it wasn't given to me. Giving to them whether homeless or not may keep them from mugging or robbing someone. God knows who needs it. It won't hurt to give a little. Think of the money that's given away on booze, cigarettes and other senseless habits/activities.

  36. savvydating profile image95
    savvydatingposted 3 years ago

    Once in a while, I give money to those who ask.....but in most cases, I give to those who do not ask. For example, at the end of one work day, I was at a street crossing, on the way to my parking structure. I saw an old man looking through garbage bins. Clearly, he was hungry. I crossed the street and I asked him, "Are you hungry? He nodded. I had $20 in my purse and gave it to him. He was shocked and grateful. That's a nice story---but usually, I stop and assess before I give, and often, I choose not to give. Is that a good or a bad thing? I don't know. All I know is that I think of the homeless often. I believe they are like me and many of us. I just got a little bit luckier than they did. Always, I think of my mother, who through no fault of her own....was always a stone's throw away from homelessness, God rest her soul. That being said, we must all find a way to give in some way. Most of all, we must have compassion for the poor....

  37. AnneKsksk profile image74
    AnneKskskposted 3 years ago

    Yes. Several times. I also give them food and clothes.

  38. profile image51
    Codithegirlposted 3 years ago

    Yes, but doesn't mean do it everytime. I often give food and water rather than money because that's more important than money

  39. profile image59
    KALI PRASADposted 3 years ago

    YES. I HAVE GIVEN MONEY TO A HOME LESS PERSON

  40. Dipjyotidas profile image64
    Dipjyotidasposted 3 years ago

    yeah i did once or twice.The person was not only homeless he was crippled too.so i felt bad.More over he was not like others although he was crippled and blind but he had good taste in music .He used to play small music instrument.Cripple means here not whole body but his legs .

  41. Huntgoddess profile image78
    Huntgoddessposted 3 years ago

    I always give them $$.

    If I have it -- which isn't that often, really. I am on a fixed income. But, I almost always have some change, at least. I try to give it to them.

    I am homeless myself, but I do not have to sleep in the street. I am very thankful for that. I have places to sleep inside. Most of my homeless friends do not have his blessing, sad to say.

    I had a long history in one place before I became homeless. That history is a great blessing.

    1. Say Yes To Life profile image80
      Say Yes To Lifeposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Usually the most generous understanding people are those who have walked thenpath themselves.

 
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