Give Money to Street People? ~ BitterSweetLife

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Give Money to Street People?

Michael Spencer, the redoubted iMonk, posed an explosive question--"Should I give money to people on the street who ask for it?"--then noted, a couple days later, "I’ve had to delete more comments from this post than I’ve deleted in 7+ years of writing at Internet Monk." I think this topic is often approached with equal amounts of visceral emotion and raw credulity. Spencer avoids both, as he dishes out some measured advice. This post will be a big help for those of you looking for ways to marry compassion and discernment in your giving.



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2 comments:

R. Sherman said...

This is always a problem for me.

Cheers.

Steve said...

A few years ago I went to the hardware store. A kid, probably 12-14, approached me. He as asking for gas money on behalf of his parent(s), who were a couple parking spaces away. If I remember right, they were kicked back in the car.

I felt really bad for the kid. he sure didn't look like he wanted to be doing what he was doing. And it's just wrong for parents to exploit a kid that way. I guess they figure people will be more likely to give money to a kid. I had doubts that the money would go for gas. How do you run out of gas in a hardware store parking lot?

I think I gave him five bucks.

 

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