Me in the Middle of Giving

‘In the shoes of the other, we learn to have a great capacity for understanding, for getting to know difficult situations.’

~ Pope Francis ~

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“There are many excuses” to justify why one does not lend a hand when asked by a person begging on the street, he said. Some may think, “‘I give money and he just spends it on a glass of wine!’” Pope Francis said.

But, he joked, a “glass of wine is his only happiness in life!”

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I like the pope’s nonjudgmental approach to the growing crisis of homelessness.  My fixed income as a retiree makes it difficult to give a lot in donations.  The local programs that are addressing how to ease this crisis deserve our support even though I know some people reject that help and prefer to be on the streets begging.  It’s tough to just walk or drive by and not acknowledge their presence.  I’ll keep my loose change handy so when the opportunity arises I’ll be ready to respond.

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Coach Daddy ~ It’s all about fatherhood, futbol and food has asked the million dollar question.  Who would you give it to?  In six words, let me know your thoughts in comments below.

The fine citizens listed below in this post, however, know just what to do with a million dollars. In six words. I asked strangers, friends, and strange blogger friends, “If you had $1,000,000 but you had to give it to other people, who would you give it to?”

Click Here to see all of our great answers

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Who would you give it to??

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Linda G. Gill on Compassion

“Are we more likely to share with those who we have things in common? Yes? Why? How do we draw the line, when we consider everyone to be equal in our humanity? We all deserve to live. We all deserve what we work hard for. Yet sharing and compassion is what separates us from animals. It’s what makes us human.”

To read Linda’s post click here…..

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5 thoughts on “Me in the Middle of Giving

  1. Sometimes I’ll give some change, but mostly not. For one thing I’m on Social Security and don’t have all that much to spare. A sheriff’s deputy suggested we not give money. Most of the people who ask for money around where I live come from a shelter of sorts where they house druggies, ex-cons, sex offenders, mentally ill people, and so on. It’s kind of a blight at times though I can’t recall encountering anyone overly aggressive to me. Some of them might intimidate some folks though.

    Homelessness is a challenging concern for all urban areas. And I think it’s growing. Not sure what the solution is, but part of it has to come from the people themselves. It strikes me as weird, but I think that’s the way some folks want to live.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    • Your situation sounds just like mine, Lee.
      Not much to spare. I watched my son and grandchildren go over to one gentleman, shake his hand, engage him in conversation and hand him money. It really touched me.
      We all need to donate to the programs that are trying to alleviate the problem, especially with the cuts in government funds.
      I agree. It’s growing and not going to go away. 😦

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  2. The plight of the homeless is sad. Many suffer from addictions and/or mental illnesses. There are no street beggars where I live, but we have good programs like food banks which we donate to. Other side of the coin: Scam artists use begging as a tool for financial gain. There was a famous case in Toronto about 15 years ago: (Synopsis) Margita Bangov, a Czech immigrant, was a fixture on Toronto streets, panhandling with a sign that read, “Please help I am very sick I will pray for you thank you.” With her shabby clothing and apparently uncontrollable trembling, she became known as the “Shaky Lady.” But suspicions were raised when Bangov would be observed suddenly cured of her shaking at quitting time. In March 2002, the Toronto Sun homed in on her with stories saying Bangov employed two bodyguards and without a hint of trembling, she swiftly walked to a waiting car and was driven to her apartment, stocked with leather furniture, a big-screen television and a computer. The Sun estimated Bangov pulled in about $2,000 a week. Her cover blown, Bangov had to take her act out of town.

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    • I’ve learned to be skeptical along with my compassion, Debbie. That’s why I prefer to have programs that are trained in this area to look into case by case. There’s no doubt that there are the working-poor families that are homeless and need intervention. The mental illness and the scams make things a lot more complicated. 😦

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