When you give money to homeless people……
You have agreed to put a needle in their arm.
You have agreed to put a drink in their hand.
You have agreed to put crack in their pipe.
You have agreed to pay for their drugs and alcohol.
You have agreed to perpetuate begging and the risk of aggressive entitlement and therefore the risk of harm to innocent ppl who say no to panhandling.
You have agreed.
If that were your loved one on the street wouldn’t you want someone to feed them, house them, clothe them and guide them? Rather than give them money to sustain their addictions that will eventually kill them?
You teach your kids that they must earn money.
Yet you show them that others are paid tax free dollars for begging and likely make more than you. Think about it. $5 even just 10 X in one hour = $50. $50 X just 3 hours = $150/day. X 5 days = $750/week. X 4 weeks = $3000…..clear. Some give less, some give more.
Give that $1, $5, $10, $20 DIRECTLY to places that will help them. They will feed and house them.
**If these places don’t give them money to buy drugs and alcohol……….why are you?**
Just google shelters or places that help: Boyle Street, Hope Mission, Mustard Seed, Yess, WIN House, Salvation Army, Bissell Ctr, Homeless Connect and any others you can find.
Sure it’s within you to give, but are you really helping them?