Because Poverty and Homelessness is Everyone’s Problem…
Through my sister “She of the Most Giving Heart” I have recently met a young person who is living on the streets and I have to say that it’s raised my consciousness for people in this predicament as I sit in my warm house, on my warm bed, and post this blog.
A lot of people I know are hesitant to give people pan handling any cash thinking that these people are either hustlers or addicts or worse. Sometimes this may be true (I’ve seen the Facebook gotcha videos), but in other cases it can mean the difference between a roof over someone’s head or food in their stomachs.
So if you feel like throwing money after bad, consider keeping $5 gift cards in your car to hand out to the poverty-stricken and homeless.
Here are my recommendations:
- McDonalds – food and coffee.
- 7-11 – hot and cold beverages, small snacks and quick food.
- Dunkin Donuts – coffee and hot sandwiches.
- Starbucks – can be a little pricey so $5 may not go as far, but they are everywhere.
The best thing is that you can usually buy gift cards in a “pack” so that you don’t have to run to the store every week.
Bonus points if on your next birthday you ask for nothing but gift cards so that you can use your day to make someone else’s life.