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Do you give to panhandlers or people who come up to you for bus, food, etc. money?

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      Linda L wrote Mar 26, 2011
    • When I’m downtown I usually give to performers.  When I’m approached for money I tell them sorry, but sometimes when I notice someone digging through trash at the local mall, I give them my leftovers and they‘re thankful.




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      Lazylola wrote Mar 26, 2011
    • I have, but I hardly ever carry any actual cash on me.




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      UK Girl wrote Mar 27, 2011
    • As I have never walked in their shoes and don’t know how they slipped to fall of the ladder - I have vouchers for Starbucks and Pret a Manger /Costa Cafe and Cafe Nero in my purse so they can get a drink and a sandwich.

      I also have mini bottles of water in the summer in my bag which I give out to people heart




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      Anne E wrote Mar 27, 2011
    • Yes almost always.  I’d rather give money to 10 people who didn’t need it rather than risk not giving money to one person who does. Also the people who usually ask for money do look quite down and out aside from the occasional teenager who point blank says they‘re hungry and could I please buy them some food.




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      Brimstone1968 wrote Mar 27, 2011
    • No. I donot give money.  I will donate to the Salvation Army, St Francis House and other institutions that service the needs of people.




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      Chrysoula Holtzhauer wrote Mar 27, 2011
    • My sister once bought baby formula for a teen mom who was begging in the streets with a baby in her arms. She was telling everyone how she didn’t have any money to feed her baby.

      When my sister handed her the baby formula AND a huge deli sub sandwich, what do you think the girl said...?

      “I don’t want this stuff, I NEED the Money!!!!”

      Needless to say, I do not give money to strangers for any reason, but I am very philanthropic and I donate coats, blankets, and canned foods to local places that take care of the homeless, little orphans and seniors.




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      Tamra wrote Mar 27, 2011
    • No, instead I offer information about my church’s benevolent funds available to anyone in need.




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      Tuliplady wrote Mar 28, 2011
    • We just don’t have that issue around here.  But I do give to the food pantry when we have food drives.  I’m told that the number of people coming to the county food panty has doubled this year,so our Bible study group will be holding another food drive soon.




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      Mzd3 wrote Mar 28, 2011
    • It depends on the circumstance. If Im going into a fast food place and someone is there hungry, I will buy them some food and drink. I also give to food pantrys from time to time and always give to kidney foundation or salvation army, any of those places, also United Way we give to each month. I used to give people a few bucks but not anymore.




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      Cmrobert wrote Mar 28, 2011
    • Here’s a quick story:
      I was walking to the bookstore one afternoon and could see a young woman with a baby in a stroller up ahead of me asking people for money.  I thought to myself, she’d better not even think about asking me for any money less she wants to get blasted.  Well, she did ask me and here is what she said - “Excuse me miss, but my baby is hungry and I was wondering if you could help me out?”  I quickly said “NO” as I entered the bookstore and here is where it gets strange.  The moment I passed the threshold I was immediately compelled to turn around and feed that family.  I went back outside and did not see her.  I searched and searched but could not find her.  I found myself crying in front of everybody but did not care.  I felt like I had failed a test somehow.  I never forgot that woman nor that day.  I will never ever let that happen to me again.  If you ask me and I have it - it’s yours.  Afterall, nothing that I have truly belong to me right?

      Just my 2 cents~
      Later sistahs!!!!
      Cheryl




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      Kyah wrote Mar 28, 2011
    • Something my grandmother said to me, “you never know when an angel tests you, so just give anyway,” came to my mind when I read Cheryl’s story. I admit I have said no many times, but I have given to many as well. I use my intuition because in New York people earn livings begging on the street, some do better than a person working a regular job. There’s also that thought that if you pull out your wallet, this beggar may rob you.

      If they ask for a specific dollar amount, they don’t get. If they ask for money for food in front of a restaurant, I give them a couple of dollars. I’d rather donate to those who are ill and cannot work, so Ovarian Cancer Research Fund gets a lot of things from me, from clothes, appliances to shoes still in the box that I can’t wear (after foot surgery my foot spread so I have uneven sizes).




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      Rose Nino wrote Mar 29, 2011
    • Always! What I try to keep in mind is that God is watching ME...always. And watching over me AND blessing me. And whether that person that I give to uses it for good or not is between them and GOD. I also always say a prayer for them.  

      Quick story: I recently went in to Target to pick up a few items and I immediately spotted a homeless man in the store. He seemed to be carefully selecting some fruit. I watched him walk over to the sandwich area as well. I quickly said a quick prayer and asked God to put this gentlemen in my lane if it was HIS will. I went about my shopping and about 15 minutes later made my way to the cashier. I did not see him anywhere. Anyway, sure enough as the cashier rang up my groceries, he appeared right behind me. I knew then that it was a sign. So I gave the cashier money and asked to please apply it to his groceries (he didn’t have but about 3 items). I simply asked her not to say anything. What I had really wanted to do was look him in the eye and give him a smile and let him know that he mattered to me. But he never looked up. He is after all a child of God and my brother in Christ. heartheart

      Rose estatic




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      Marya1961 wrote Mar 30, 2011
    • To give is better than to receive..and I live by those words.  I have donated money, clothing, appliances, furniture to our local organizations.  If I see someone on the street who is in dire need, yes, I will give.  I have also donated my time to charities and do volunteer work.  

      One day many years ago..hub, our son and myself visited the historic area of downtown Philly.  When we finished eating at a small restaurant, I had leftovers in a box.  We started to walk down the street and to the right of me on a bridge was a homeless man completely covered in clothing eating an orange.  When we walked past him, he said, “hello” to us.  I looked at him and at that moment, almost felt like it was Jesus, trying to reach out to me.  I immediately handed him my food and he said, “bless you, my child“...from that day forward I knew it was my duty to do what I could to be a steward.happy




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      Cathie Beck wrote Mar 30, 2011
    • I have a real dilemna because I’m barely making it myself. The last person that asked me for “spare change” was very understanding and nice when I told him I didn’t have it to spare. I used to give food, money, even the jacket I was wearing, but I can’t afford to now.

      And Rose & Mary, I also feel that there may be some devine purpose of putting someone in my path, like a reminder to myself that we are all spiritually connected even if not on the same page.  

      Cathie




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      Msj wrote Mar 30, 2011
    • Depends on the situation. I let the Holy Spirit guide me.

       My son is a heroin addict and has in the past been succesful and clean but fall back as well
      in the time sof falling back to giv e in is to help him die...

      I go by the Holy Spirit, I might ignore, I might give food ro I might give a jesus paper or I might give cash depends on what I have and what God leads me to do.




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      Frannie1964 wrote Apr 3, 2011
    • I hardly ever carry cash on me, It’s always my debit card. But If I do have cash on me and someone needs it, I usually give it to them. Sometimes I will be drivng with my hubby and theres a homeless person holding up a sign standing on one of those islands in the road and hubby will give him money. If I notice a homeless person who has an animal with them, usually a dog is what most of them have, I will go to the store and buy pet food and some food for that person. I would hate to think that his/her dog is starving as well.frown

      But I haven’t had too many come up to me and ask for money. Just when I see someone who really needs to eat or has a dog makes me feel sad.

      One time when In Vegas, this pregnant girl was sitting on top of one of the cross over bridges where most of them sit and have signs asking for money. Her sign said something along the lines of I need money to help pay my doctor bills for my baby can you please help. So I thought of the baby and gave her 20.00. She didn’t even say Thank you. I wasn’t expecting a hug or jump up and down but a quick thanks would have been nice. I think half the time they use their baby or kids as an excuse just to get money for drugs or whatever else. But ya never know I guess.




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